My children have hearing problems. Or, more specifically, LISTENING problems.
Perhaps this is my fault. Because I do not consistently ENFORCE that they RESPECT my authority.
Take the running. Or jumping. Or climbing. In the house. These activities seem to occur regularly no matter how often they fall or cry or hurt themselves. No matter how often I ask them, tell them, make them stop.
Well, it finally happened. The 4yo knocked his front top tooth loose. I get to take him to the dentist for an X-Ray tomorrow, to check that the root is not damaged.
He also has a fat lip.
Matches the fat lip the toddler has from last week.
So naturally I bitched and complained to my email friend. She said something to the effect that the boy is lucky to have me as a parent because if one of her brood had undermined her authority in a matter such as this one, she would have handled it differently.
Then she gave me a nice lesson to learn by. Which I feel compelled to document right here for future reminders.
…instead of forbidding the running (which you may do at times), I would work on enforcing the obeying/listening… because the physical running is only a symptom… the “illness” lies in the thinking that the child believes he is mature enough to override your authority…
Clearly, I have a lot to learn.
And so do the fat-lipped, crocked-toothed monkey children.