I found myself at a dinner with an old friend last weekend. He asked me if I had seen the French response to the Tiger Mom parenting nonsense. (I thought it was nonsense...)
Anyway, apparently, I think it was the Sunday NY Times ran this article about child raising differences between French parents and American parents. I am solidly in the American parents category.
In a nutshell, they talk about the idea of "no" meaning "no" and following through. Not fighting...just parenting with logical consequences.
Lately, it has seemed like the inmates are running the asylum around here, and I. Don't. Like. It.
The kids have been fighting with each other a lot. They want what they want, exactly when they want it, and I feel like I'm just not doing a good enough job at setting boundaries. I want them to be happy children, but that doesn't mean they are in charge, or that I cater to their every need.
It just seems somewhere along the line...the line was blurred between who was the parent, and who was the child. I'm trying very hard to get it back...calmly...by setting small consequences that I can follow through on immediately.
I can just hear my mom's "I told you so"...seems she's been lecturing me on this from the beginning. If she had just published an article in the Sunday NY Times, maybe I would have heard her;P