My kids are at the point where they are sick and tired of being together. The summer started with backyard pool parties and sleepovers in the living room. After only a couple weeks of quality togetherness, the fighting had begun. Nothing a little ice cream can't handle.
I took a few minutes and thought about what was most important (to me) to have the kids accomplish on a daily basis. Of course, chores was on the top of my list, but I also wanted the kids to read, do something healthy, help cook, etc.
In all honesty, if you want peaceful mornings (on most days), then you have to take responsibility for them. Any good coach will tell you that you can't expect greatness from your players if you don't do tough work yourself. This is what we do to survive mornings...
While it is important to live in the present, we should also remember what it was like when everything was wonderous, when you were vulnerable in the big wide world, and when you were unsure of your place in the world.
Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
I'd like to show our problem solving attempts; what has made a difference in our every day interactions, and over the long haul.
Kindergarten began with the hope that our problem child would be a little more mature and cooperative. Kindergarten ended with dashed hopes, and his teacher's early retirement
How do I go about disciplining smaller kids in my house? If you ask my mom and sisters, they will tell you that I don't. That's not really my fault, though!
We rarely feed the entire flock at restaurants; the cost is prohibitive, seating is tricky, and then there's the stress of iffy manners from the kids.
Not to stir up old family drama or anything, but hand me a spoon... Think about a time you were disciplined when you were your child's age. How do you wish your parents would have handled the situation? How can you discipline better?
The problem came down to a lack of both 'benevolent leadership' and 'internal locus of control'.
Time flies, especially when you are arguing with the world's most determined litigator...
Daily life is far more rewarding when we have more positives than negatives in the "bank".
We have to be more creative with our discipline tactics these days.