Monday, February 2, 2009

My secret to well behaved kids is.......

Okay, I know that it seems that I have it all together over here. I mean I have the world's most perfect children!

(Gasp, gasp! Choke! OMGosh, I swallowed my gum!)

Okay so they aren't perfect. Matter of fact, my house can be pretty chaotic. My kids argue so much that my neighbors are sure to hear me yelling at the top of my lungs, "Would you just SHUT UP!!!"

Often times, my yelling is followed by giggling (not mine, theirs) because there are times when they just take me for a joke. Often times I am joking when I'm yelling like a maniac. Most times I'm not.

When I'm not, the kids tend to take a step back to examine my face and my mood and realize that mom means business today. And if they don't want to befriend the belt that night then they know to calm down and steer clear.

I take my children out a lot. Running errands, groceries, whatever. I have friends that don't, or feel they can't because of behavior. These mothers will stay home for fear that the kids are gonna act up and embarrass them.


Are you kidding me? If I have to go out, there is no way some pint-sized-mini-me's are gonna keep me from handling my business.

People always stop me and say how "well-behaved" my kids are. I mean really. I get this all the time.

"If you only see them at home," is what I usually say. (As we speak they are wrestling in my living room with all of the pillows from my couch thrown every which and where).

"Well they know when to be good when it counts."

"What's your secret?" is a questions I am often asked by friends and other moms.

That makes me stop and think, because honestly I don't have a secret. Well, FEAR!

I put the fear of GOD in my kids that if they even show an inkling of embarrassing actions while we are in public I will surely turn the actions around. I think they know that mom is a little crazy and not afraid to wear their tails out on a whim! Because of this, most of the time, they don't take the chance of acting up because I may very well not wait until we get home to embarrass them in the middle of the store.

The great thing is, MOM is in charge. I let them know that from the day they are born. LOL!

All in all, I raise my babies with a lot of love and a lot of discipline. Most of the time they don't like it, but that's just the way that it is. If I don't teach them now there will be consequence later. And that is something I want to avoid at all costs.

1 comment:

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Okay, I clearly need some of your tips. I just posted about my almost 2 year old and his "ways." Although, I find that he more often than not acts out when we are at home. When we are out I think the atmosphere is so interesting that he forgets to misbehave.