My friend Randi sent me a request:
“I request a baby post on what lessons you vow to teach your children. Like something that growing up you were like ‘I will never do that to my child’ or ‘I will make sure my child knows to always to that’ or whatever.”
As per my her request, I’ve been thinking of things I currently am thinking “No way in Hell” are my kids doing ___.
#1 The leash. I love custom collars and leashes for my dog but for humans… If my kids are so bad that they need a leash I’m leaving them at home.
#2 The portable toilet. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad, but it’s NOT going in the living room or kitchen (trust me people, I’ve heard of this). The poop stays in the BATHROOM!
#3 I’m not going to make my oldest child babysit the younger ones often. The words “Take your sister with you” still haunt me from my childhood.
#4 Cell phones. What is up with the recent epidemic? My 11-year old sister has a cell phone, what does an 11 year old need a cell phone for? My kids won’t be getting a cell phone (unless their paying the bill) until they’re AT LEAST 16.
Some things I want to do:
#1 Teach them how to swim. I can’t swim, not well at least. I suppose I could swim to save my life if it was in water no more than 6 feet deep and within 10 feet of land. Other than that, without a life jacket… I’d probably drown. I want my kids to like the water and be able to swim (to save their mom if they have to)
#2 Teach them manners. But not just that, I want to teach my kids to say “yes ma’am and sir” and “no ma’am and no sir.”
#3 Teach them self sufficiently. I want to help my children as much as I can but I don’t want freeloaders. I know a lot of people who say “It’ll be great if I have kids young because they’ll be out of the house when I’m in my 40sand then we can do stuff together” Yes, but that’s only if they actually go away: like to college, on missions, whatever. But even then they’ll probably be paying for their child’s college, missions, weddings, and then the grandchildren come… It’s a never ending cycle I’m not sure I’m ready to begin. I want to encourage my kids to save and pay their way through college like I did. Don’t get me wrong, I want to help, but I don’t want to just hand it to them.
#4 Spankings: I don’t really think there’s anything wrong with spankings. Obviously I’ll have to see what works for our kids, but I never really believed that “time out” did the trick.