started off as a 10 item list but because it was so stinking long, I broke it into two parts. You are graced today with Part 2. This one is sure to knock a few socks off.
“Bad Parenting” Technique #6: No Doctor is (sometimes) the Best Doctor
I don’t go running to the doctor every time my kids get runny noses or fevers. I realize that the body has natural defenses in place to rid itself of viruses and bacteria. I allow the body ample time to prove to me that it can do what it is made to do before running to the first doctor in the phone book. I look to natural remedies before making antibiotics my go-to cure-all. I am so proud of the body’s ability to heal itself and I love seeing it in action.
Now don’t get me wrong. When Grady was up at 1am barking like a seal and heaving difficult breaths, I was at the ER in a heartbeat. But for the normal, hum drum runny nose or fever? We stay home and get lots of fluids and cuddles in.
“Bad Parenting” Technique #7: No Milk is the Best Milk
Grady is still breastfed and he is 13 months old. I don’t plan on weaning him any time soon. Madilyn has massive constipation issues (we’re talking Turd of the Century), and cow’s milk complicates them so we don’t drink it.
We have Almond milk and coconut milk but no dairy.
“HOW DO THEY GET THEIR CALCIUM?!”
Welp, almond milk has more calcium than dairy milk and is just generally healthier. My kids get my milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or no milk at all.
“THEN WHAT ELSE DO THEY DRINK?”
Chew on this: We are the only species of animal that drinks the milk of another animal. Gwoss.
“Bad Parenting” Technique #8: Let Them Watch TV!
The TV is perpetually on at my house. My husband is obsessed and Madilyn likes the background noise. She doesn’t sit in front of the TV and constantly watch it, but even while she’s playing, she enjoys hearing her “shows”. Their night time routine consists of a bath then 30 minutes with Sprout. At noon we watch Caillou for an hour. EVERY. STINKING. DAY. Mommy needs to get something done around the house? Let them eat cake. Er…I mean…watch TV.
“Bad Parenting” Technique #9: Body Art is A-OK
I have 4 tattoos, The Workaholic has 1. One is on my foot, I have an enormous tree on my left side/rib cage, kanji for “Summer” on my left shoulder, and the big dipper on my foot. I can’t very well tell my kids to not draw all over themselves with markers, can I? This leads me to follow the “lead by example” form of parenting. It doesn’t always work out that way but if Madilyn does or says something naughty and I know I’ve done or said the same thing, I don’t jump down her throat.
Sharpie all over your body? My bad. Hope you had fun! Now where can I put those markers where they can’t find them?
“Bad Parenting” Technique #10: I Discipline My Children
*GASP* I use all forms of discipline. Nothing cruel and unusual, but I use all forms. Time out is Madilyn’s favorite. Swatting her rear end lightly, really gets her attention and all I have to do is ask her, “What happens when you don’t listen?” She generally stops whatever she’s doing immediately.
Yeah. I said swatting. Call it what you will. Spanking. Tapping. Abuse. Fear mongering. Whatever. I’m the parent of my own kids. It is my duty to discipline (Definition: training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character) as I see fit.
My mom spanked me. Did I like it? Nope.
Did I fear her? I feared the consequences of my actions when I messed up, sure.
Did I feel as though she didn’t love me? No. Spanking was always followed up by a heart-to-heart talk, just as it is in our home now.
Was spanking effective for me? Yes. I was rarely spanked and I always thought about the consequences of my actions before I did anything.
Do I fear her now? No. As a matter of fact, we have an open and honest relationship and she is one of my closest friends now that I am also an adult.
We also practice grounding, eliminating fun time, taking things away, etc… Styles loves his laptop, DSi, and XBox more than words. When he makes bad choices, his rights to those things are removed for prescribed periods of time. You may argue that it doesn’t teach him anything but I would tell you that you’re wrong.
I’ve actually had parents tell me that you can’t call something a “gift” if you are going to “use” it against your children in the future.
I call another BS.
Real-life consequences for real-life mistakes.
If you slack off at your job, you will lose it. Why is it so difficult for parents to realize that we’re not our children’s FRIENDS? We’re their PARENTS. We have been blessed with the task of teaching them how to manage this life the best way we know how. That means teaching them right from wrong and doling out consequences where consequence is due.
SO. There you have it. I’m a bad parent. And for all you other swatting parents out there, high five.
While I welcome friendly debate in my comments, rude and intolerant comments will be removed.
- “Bad Parenting” Techniques That I Practice Daily: Part 1 (bananahammocksandtutus.com)
- Why I Linger in Bed (bananahammocksandtutus.com)
- Migraine Milkshakes (bananahammocksandtutus.com)