Share your parenting 'jewels'
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|Tue, 03-14-2006 - 1:33am|
We each write about our failures as parents and we come here to vent, learn and brainstorm. I had an idea for a different kind of post - let's share our 'jewels.' You know how every now and then you hit on a solution to a parenting problem that just works so well for your family? Those are the days when you go to bed feeling so cool, right? I would love to hear what all of your parenting jewels are.
I had one the other day. I got this from my grandmother, who raised nine - NINE - children and I had forgotten all about it until just recently. I tried it and it worked so well that I had to share.
My kids don't really fight all that much, but when they do it is a doozy. My theory has always been to stay out of it as much as possible and let them work it out on their own. But there are times when they just can't seem to work it out and I find myself being drug in to an issue that is too ludicrous to even try to figure out and solve. You know what I mean? So I used my grandmother's method. I made my son and my daughter sit in facing chairs and look each other in the eye. I said, "Okay, here's what we do. The first one to laugh loses and the winner gets to choose what to do." My daughter and son immediately both clapped both of their hands over their mouths and their eyes were so big staring at each other. It was so funny - I will never forget it. My son cracked first, although my daughter was not far behind and they both ran off to play. Snap-snap! Mission accomplished and Super Mom went on about her day! (Okay - kidding with that!) Now, all I have been saying (with a big grin) is, "Work it out or it's chair time!" And they both start laughing.
What are your stories? Do tell!