I married well. Especially when it comes to finding a partner in parenting.
My wife is intuitively gifted in dealing with children exhibiting bad behavior. She has a knack for combining discipline techniques and conversation with a misbehaving child to bring about a positive leaning experience. Me not so much. By observing her methods over the years, I have learned that yelling loudly “what the hell are doing, go to your room,”rarely produces much of a learning moment; so I often follow her lead.
She is a formally trained counselor and therapist. She was a Dean of Students and School Counselor for many years so she knows her stuff. This is good for our household, because during my seven years of college I received many invitations to visit the Dean’s Office. I think his receptionist had me on speed dial and the cops even joined us a few times but that’s another story. I am fairly confident that my oldest son will be invited to the Dean’s Office for pleasant reasons, maybe to have coffee or talk about the latest student run community service project. I am worried however that my daughter will most likely be invited for other reasons, so I am glad she is getting good practice talking about bad decision with her Mom now.
On this weeks Cast of Dads episode we talked a bit about discipline in the home. Take a listen.
Topics discussed on this episode:
- Who is the softy in the house?
- Who is the enforcer?
- When siblings begin helping with the parenting
- Teaching to respect adults balanced with not trusting strangers
- Friends known as “aunts” & “uncles”
- Naughty Steps, Dunce Caps and time out
- Losing control and raised voices
- Extreme discipline
- To Spank or not to Spank?
Cast of Dads is a group of podcasting and blogging dads who gather to gab about fatherhood. The cast of dads includes C.C. Chapman, Jeffrey Sass, Max Kalehoff, Michael Sheehan, and Brad Powell, who collectively represent 13 kids from the youngest of babies to full grown adults. Each of them brings a unique perspective to being a father.