whispering to your kids . . .

The other night we had some great friends over for dinner.  I made a Chicken Chili Verde Soup.  It took most of the day to make, but oh it was worth it.  During the dinner or cooking or cleaning or somewhere along the line I looked outside to check on the kids and Teddy was walking around with our friend's phone pushing buttons.  I'm pretty sure her phone was locked (haven't we all learned this lesson), but still.  I quickly went outside and told him to put it away, from our stairs so I had to speak loudly.  No big deal.  I didn't really punish him, I just told him to put it back.  He was bummed and embarrassed. Teddy is a pretty sensitive kid which is awesome, if I only had 1/4 of his sensitivity.  But, he gets really bummed out when he gets in trouble.  So it had me thinking, I'm going to change my program.  I'm going to take the extra 20 steps to walk over to Teddy or which ever kid and quietly tell them to change their behavior.  This really is how the world works.  At work when you screw up, they don't say it over a loud speaker.  You meet in a private conference room, trust me I know!  At school when you get in trouble, most of the time it is discussed in private.  So I am going to give my disciplining privately, I'm going to whisper and speak to them privately.  I think this will go well.  I think it will be a lot of extra work for me, but I think it will go really well.  I will keep you posted . . .

 

XO