as a person, I like to think I am a bit of a free spirit.
As a parent, it has been said that I am a bit of a disciplinarian. (no, not by my children, of course they think I am out to make their lives miserable, but by actual responsible adults who have children that are now successful functioning adults).
The first time I heard this, I was very taken aback. How could I, the one who lets my kids stay up too late, and rarely forces the making of their beds (because I would have to lead by example), how could I be one of “those” parents?
Then I stepped back and watched myself with my kids and yep, I might be a bit free personally, but those children of mine operate within strict parameters.
I have been asked to describe my discipline philosophy, and it took me a while to come up with something I was able to articulate.
People talk about walking a line, but that is not the way it works around here. I like to think that my kids have a big wide circle of acceptable behavior, and within that circle pretty much anything goes!
But step outside of the circle…
the rules are pretty simple:
Be kind to those around you
Don’t be snotty to your parents
yep, that is pretty much it. Those are the rules that form the circle.
truly, it is because I am terribly lazy and I lack the basic organizational skills that would be necessary to implement a more complex system.
So, that is my secret.
Pretty exciting, huh?