- Do your children throw temper tantrums?
- Do you feel that your parenting challenges have had an adverse affect on your marriage?
- Has your family gone through a major life change, such as a divorce, a new marriage, a new baby, relocation, military deployment or a death?
- Do you have difficulty setting and enforcing boundaries?
- Do you need ideas on how to effectively discipline your children?
- Is your child having difficulty in school?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Leadership Parenting can help you.
I often feel like I was born in the wrong time. I certainly appreciate the modern conveniences that have come with time, but at times I wonder whether the advances have come at too high of a cost. Not economic cost, but social. As society has “modernized”, values that I hold in high regard seem to have gone by the wayside. Children have become more indulged, catered to, spoiled. Respect, patience and manners have become endangered character traits, replaced by parental attitudes of parent-child friendships, self-esteem raising parental practices and instant gratification. I find that I am increasingly frustrated during outings, witnessing the whining, talking back, and general misbehavior and disregard for others exhibited by children. The sad thing is, it’s not their fault. Their parents have reneged on an unwritten promise that used to be the norm rather than the exception; that it is their parental responsibility to raise honest, hard-working children who will grow up to be responsible citizens, ready to take an active role in society. Instead I see a generation of children being raised with a sense of entitlement, in their own little worlds, without any regard for how their attitudes and actions will affect the world that they are living in.
So many parents ask me how I get my children to do things around the house. Well, I tell them that they have chores and if they don’t do them, there are consequences. When one mom heard that my then 6 year old makes his own bed, she was curious as to how well the “making” was. I told her that the end product was not a bed to bounce a quarter on but rather a child who has responsibilities within their family, a child who is learning that they are not going to be waited on hand and foot. That is a huge problem in families today. Parents find it easier to do everything themselves rather than taking the time to teach their child how to do something. Taking the time now however, will save you time in the end…and endless headaches with irresponsible, lazy, helpless children.
The following article is from the New York Post. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2012/07/02/120702crbo_books_kolbert?currentPage=1