Just Do It

I was very impressed with Mr. Playstead’s top ten list of parenting mistakes. Any parent reading this should not only take the time to read them but most important “follow”. I was trying to narrow it down to my favorite 3 but they are all good. If you are pressed for time like most people, let me give you the Readers Digest version (but take the time to read the full article…the world will be a better place).

·         Spoiling – Too much “stuff”…they will never be satisfied and only want more.

·         Inadequate discipline – If you don’t someone else may and you won’t like it.

·         Failing to get involved at school – You don’t have to be room parent, but know what’s up!

·         Praising mediocrity – We want to build self esteem but sometimes parents go too far.

·         Not enough responsibility – Allowance is ok but kids should have expected chores to do.

·         Not being a good spouse – Kids learn from example, treat your spouse with love and respect.

·         Setting unreal expectations – This will only annoy you and frustrate your children.

·         Not teaching kids to fend for themselves – Too much babying going on – teach independence.

·         Pushing trends on kids – Please, let kids be kids!

·         Not following through – Idle threats will put the kids in charge…not you!

It shouldn’t be the sex that matters

 The Daily Dalia has a gripe. I was talking to someone this week who was telling me he had 4 older brothers and one younger sister, the parents kept trying until they had a girl. This is my gripe (as my teeth grind), parents should have children to have “children”, simple as that. It should not matter in any way what sex the child is, why would it? I have 2 boys and am thrilled that I have 2 great kids, I really don’t care that one of them is not a girl.  When I hear the “perfect family” line when someone has two children, a boy and a girl I want to hurl. What makes a “perfect family” in this day and age, that is a broad statement. We have families of divorces, adoptees, gay parents, grandparents raising children, the list is endless. I think as long as children are raised & loved for who they are by loving people that is perfection!