DO THIS // BATH TIME
Add a cup that’s easy to scoop with, a large plastic container, and some bubble bath to bath time this month. Encourage your child to scoop the water and bubbles and fill the container. Talk about how Joseph helped Pharaoh fill the barns with food so they would have enough to eat when the food stopped growing.
MANTRAS FOR DISCIPLINE
By Holly CrawshawRemember that one time when you swore you’d never grow up to be one of those parents who used “Because I said so” as a defense for discipline? Remember that time not too long ago when you said those exact words to your kids thirty-seven times in one day? Yeah. Me, too.
So about a year ago, I realized that I was using the same lines over and over again when disciplining. Not only that, I would often respond with poor explanations, and at times—wait for it—sarcasm. (I welcome all ridicule because sarcasm is NOT a form of acceptable discipline.)
I was saying things like . . .
Because I said so.
I’m the mama and that makes me the boss.
Don’t argue with me—just do what I say.
Did you hear me?
Slow obedience is disobedience.
Now, there’s nothing particularly awful about some of these—I still throw that last one in for good measure. But I began to see a pattern that I didn’t like. My discipline tactics only served to get me what I wanted. They were lazy. They were judgmental. And they weren’t working.
So I decided to come up with five mantras to teach my girls that have changed the way I respond when disciplining . . .
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