Monday, June 12, 2006

We need more parents like this

A line in the sand

I am hopeful and perhaps overly optimistic that the majority of parents would agree with with this. Looking back on my own parenting, it's the times when I let the creeping incrementalism go unanswered that I now regret. The 'line in the sand' moved more than it should. I can't fix it for my son, but I can encourage other parents to set appropriate boundries and limits for their children.


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At June 13, 2006 10:50 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

The part that touched me especially was "I just want to be a kid" --I don't want to use cliches, but it troubles me that people have to cope with so much more, so much younger. I liked the way that the parent in the article offered to talk it over, offered to give guidance for those choices, even if the kid wasn't quite ready for that yet.

I think you had the right idea, just from what I've seen in your life, by focusing on offering good choices (like making your son read a responsibility article and write a paper on it)--since kids can't afford to be lazy anyway (with the myriad of things out there), you can give good alternatives and reasons.

Where do you place the "line in the sand"?

 
At June 14, 2006 7:51 AM, Blogger Kyrie said...

Where do you place the "line in the sand"?

The more accurate question in my case is, Where DIDN'T I?

I was a terrible one for moving it around. There were the definate "no" areas, pornography on the computer, etc. and then the gray areas; staying up late to play on the computer, certain video games, et al. Then there were the not negotiable areas where I still failed, like making him go to school.

 

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