Here is my mom’s comment when she read my post (It’s a little intimidating to have your wise mom reading what you write, but I’m glad she does.)
I suspect you may have made a simple problem more complex than child could emotionally handle. She lied, she needed a spanking, she needed to be reminded that good intentions arent the same as right actions. Hug kiss problem over. Howevr, said child needs to have room checked more often by mom.
Thanks, mom. Sometimes I do over-analyze, over-teach, and in general make simple things more complex. Sometimes it’s good for someone to tell me life is far more simple than it seems to me at 11:30pm. I do think that part of what was bothering me about my little one, was that I sensed what I was trying to accomplish was beyond her emotional ability to deal with it. But I pressed on because I wanted her to learn the lesson. And the last practical bit is true. How many of my discipline problems happen because I’m not doing my job?
So on that note, I hear the children downstairs eating breakfast, and I should go join them.
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