One of the biggest problems ineffective parents have today is compelling their kids to take them seriously.
MamaBear can truly understand that, as every now and then…her children push back as well.
Take yesterday morning; I had noticed that one of my cubs was slacking big-time when it came to completing evening chores.
I tried being understanding.
I explained how I really would prefer *not* to wake them up in the wee hours of the morning to finish their responsibilities.
Apparently…it went in one ear and out the other, and waved madly at me as it few into the sunset.
- Morning rolled around…and I calmly woke up the kid in question.
KiQ was very unhappy indeed.
Which made for some very unhappy times afterwards.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
You're the parent.
Your children are, well, the kids.
You are the one with the power to walk the walk you say.
When you set expectations, and then let them seep away, you're telling your kid, "hey! I'm not strong enough to follow up with the consequences I promised you!"
And that begins a very vicious cycle indeed. 🙂
To brazenly jolt your kids into taking you seriously….
Follow up on what you've promised.
Even if it's painful for you.
You're doing your children zero benefit if you allow them to slack…and you to take the easy way out. After all, life doesn't work that way….so make sure the reality of living with you as a parent mirrors that.
It will benefit them muchly as they grow up.