MANTRAS FOR DISCIPLINE
By Holly Crawshaw
Remember that one time when you swore you’d never grow up to be one of those parents who used “Because I said so” as a defense for discipline? Remember that time not too long ago when you said those exact words to your kids thirty-seven times in one day? Yeah. Me, too.
So about a year ago, I realized that I was using the same lines over and over again when disciplining. Not only that, I would often respond with poor explanations, and at times—wait for it—sarcasm. (I welcome all ridicule because sarcasm is NOT a form of acceptable discipline.)
I was saying things like . . .
Because I said so.
I’m the mama and that makes me the boss.
Don’t argue with me—just do what I say.
Did you hear me?
Slow obedience is disobedience.
Now, there’s nothing particularly awful about some of these—I still throw that last one in for good measure. But I began to see a pattern that I didn’t like. My discipline tactics only served to get me what I wanted. They were lazy. They were judgmental. And they weren’t working.
So I decided to come up with five mantras to teach my girls that have changed the way I respond when disciplining . . .
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