The Mommy look
Am I the only one who thinks discipline is important? Masanda Peters wonders.
How many times have you been to a restaurant and found unruly kids screaming and all over place while you are trying to enjoy your meal?
Let kids be kids, but sometimes kids are unruly and we parents let them be that way. When my prince tried the tantrum stunt, I made it very clear to him that I do not have time to deal with it. This came with a very stern look as I am not a believer in corporal punishment
When it comes to discipline I do not compromise. NO and YES are very clear – it shocks me to find people amazed that my son will sit still at a restaurant, at church and while mom is having her nails done. He behaves and will not be all over the place and I am proud of that.
Are we so used to unruly kids that those with good behaviour seem like the odd ones out?
I do not understand kids who jump on couches, switch between TV channels while adults are watching, go to bed when they want to because they refuse to go to bed... what happened to boundaries these days?
I am not proclaiming smooth sailing when it comes to discipline. It has been and still is a process but I am the head of my house at the end of the day and for now mommy knows best. Yes I have found lipstick on my bed cover; found him with petroleum jelly all over his face and clothes; and some work of a “wanna be Picasso” on the wall.
I explained that it’s not good and showed him alternatives when it came to his artistic passion. It’s his way of exploring and will not take that away from him, but if it’s wrong it should not be repeated.
Sometimes I think we confuse love with spoiling our kids. Yes, he can have most things he wants within reason, but discipline will stay being discipline. Love and discipline need to be clear and not blurred.
If a child is being punished he needs to understand that it is done out of love and as I mentioned earlier it is not necessary to hit the child but you have your time out, the “look” which I do and works.
What seems to be so difficult with setting boundaries, you are not killing the child but preparing them for the world out there? Come on now parents it can’t be that difficult.
Do you have difficulty laying down the rules for your child?