Saturday, June 25, 2011

Consistency...

Consistency...

in parenthood is the hardest thing EVER! I am a big believer is being consistent but BOY is it hard. We have rules in our home such as no TV until after lunch, nothing sugary until after 10am, eat your dinner without screaming these are just a few that Jack challenges on a daily basis. Then there is sharing and being kind, saying sorry, please and thank-you, tidying up etc...I am pretty good at sticking to my guns but every now and then I am sick of the constant battle and I just say leg go of everything and let JAck has his way. Then I find Jack his way more determined to get his way next time because he won a battle.


Being consistent is SO exhausting. What are your tips for being consistent without going crazy?











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5 comments

Kristina said...

Kurt challenges the eat your dinner without screaming rule, too. ^_^

Cute pics! We need to get together sometime. I can't believe it's already June!

Phredfamily said...

Just go crazy already. I'm here. It's nice.

Lauren vdH said...

I just finished reading 123 magic. It talks abt how to use counting and timeouts to stop the battles of whining and tantrums. Also supernanny is awesome- watching that show always makes me feel like my kids are angels. Goodluck! Jlvdh.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

We use a "happy jar" and a "sad jar" for Emma. When she does something good, she gets a token (we use shells but you could use marbles, beans, whatever) into her "happy jar" and vice versa for bad. When all ten shells (or fifteen or twenty depending on how old the child is) get into one of the jars there is either a reward or a loss such as a new toy/game/outing or loss of a toy/game, etc.

It helps us because it ties her behavior to tangible gains and loses that will earn her a prize or a punishment.

In the end, hang in there Jess. I am sure you're doing a lot better than you give yourself credit for.

Jessica said...

Lisa, love that idea. I am going to put it into action! Thanks a bunch:)

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