I read an article that targeted parents as the source of their grown/teenager children’s behavioural issues. It angered me slightly as the article zeroed in on discipline as to why they are turning out this way.
A little ridiculous to not take in to consideration social or societal factors. Stating that discipline is lax and that children will turn out bad isn’t the answer or even insightful.
It is scary not knowing what you will face as they grow up. Who they will become friends with, will they mix in the right crowd? and make the better choice? You can only do your best. I hope to have open dialogue with my kids and make sure that they know it’s okay to mess up but to own their choices and face the consequences. This really sounds like a solid plan doesn’t it??? I have NO idea what I am doing but really, when do you?
Having everything so much more accessible now completely freaks me out and also wondering what technological changes will occur before Matisse becomes a teen is another. Do you think about how parenting your child now will shape them as adults or teens? How do you know you’re doing the right thing? And lastly when do they stop saying ‘I don’t like it!’? Matisse’s current phrase of choice.
With all of this in mind, you make what you think is the better choice for your child. Cross your fingers and toes and hope like hell it won’t lead to some sort of awful behaviour in the future.