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Follow Through

As a parent you learn one thing very quickly. The follow through is one of the most important things. If you promise to make it to their game, you better be there. Don’t make promises that you cannot keep to your children. They may smile and pretend its ok, but in reality it hurts them.

When you threaten to ground them for a week if they don’t stop hitting their brother, well you better be prepared to ground them when they push the limits to see how far they can go. This is something we all do. We threaten with punishments that we don’t follow through on. I used to be very guilty of doing this.

I hate grounding my children. I want them to be happy. So I would threaten punishment after punishment to get them to behave. When I did happen to follow through on a punishment they would act shocked. Like who was I to punish them.

This was when I realized that I wasn’t being the parent. My kids weren’t listening to me because I never gave them a reason to. Mom’s too nice to punish us was the attitude my children had adopted. When I began to finally enforce punishments I became the mean mommy.
It was very difficult to hear. Yet somehow I knew I was doing the right thing. The first few weeks were hard on everyone’s patience. Yet then a beautiful thing happened. When I asked my children to do something, they actually did it. It was like a miracle. A dream come true.
This is when I found the true importance of the follow through.

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Posted on October 10th, 2014 by Anonymous

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