Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Is It Okay to Have a Parenting Pet Peeve

If you're like about 99% of parents, you have at least one thing that you feel so strongly about that you can't bear to see your kids do it. I'm not talking about huge things like sex, drugs, or gangs. It's our job to take a stand on these issues. What I'm talking about here is much littler stuff, like them making popping sounds with their gum, wearing their hats inside, rolling their eyes, saying "like" like a lot, wanting long hair, letting their rooms resemble the local landfill, etc.

There's nothing wrong with having a parenting pet peeve or two. That is, as long as you aren't attempting to micromanage or control your kids over every issue.

What's my advice? Share plenty of control in the form of small choices. "Do you want juice or milk?" or "Do you want to do your chores now or in fifteen minutes?" are good examples.

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