Disclaimer: I love my boys and although I think they are perfect little angels pretty good kids, I do believe there is always room for improvement :-)! And whether you are like me, who doesn't necessarily think you are doing that bad of a job, or you are at your wits end and don't know what else to do, this is merely a suggestion. I am not getting compensated for this post!
As you know, I was fortunate enough to get away this past weekend to the Hearts At Home Conference where I heard Dr. Kevin Leman speak. WOW! If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, I would highly encourage you to do so. Because I was so encouraged and convicted after hearing him speak, I went immediately to his booth and bought his latest book:
If you are a parent (especially a toddler parent as I am), I would HIGHLY recommend reading this book, so that you can lay the foundation of discipline down early. But according to Dr. Leman, this philosophy will work for your 3 year old, your 12 year old or even you 20 year old. If you are a teacher, I would HIGHLY recommend reading this book. It is interesting because as I teacher, I did most of these principles, but as a parent, it is a good reminder that I need to be more responsive to my kids behaviors (respond NOT react) and to stay consistent with them. I tend to stay consistent but will lose my temper more than I would like to admit, and tend to repeat things more than I should. Which, I believe, is a big part of the stress I am feeling as a parent! This book and Dr. Leman is a God-send. Education, priorities, respect all begin in the home and will translate into the classroom. That is why I felt justified to post this book suggestion to my Ask the Teacher Tuesday. It is an easy read. The main principles only take up about a third of the book, with the rest of the book giving suggestions and examples on every day situations. Jenny actually read most of the book aloud on our way home and we discussed each chapter before moving on. It is practical, easy to implement, down to earth and rewarding (within days).
Let me know: Have you read this book and if so, did it work for your family? But if you haven't read this book, go read it and come back and let me know how it works for you.
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