"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Discipline, it's what's for dinner

I just have to announce that Peanut has been PACIFIER-FREE for 3 days now. Hollerrrrr.

I also have to say that I may have made it seem like things with Peanut have been going 100% smoothly and that we have this parenting thing in the bag.

Not true. Whether it's the "terrible two/threes", or how he was raised in previous homes, or that he's just too smart for his own good, there have been several times where Logan and I have been beyond impatient with Peanut. We're both working on letting things go, because we do realize Peanut is just a kid and that he's not perfect. But boy, he really does know how to test us.

I'm starting to wonder how different it would be if it were our own child. Would we have more patience with him (or her)? Would the whole discipline thing be easier because we would have started at day one...and not day 1,000 or so? Or would it actually be harder? Perplexing questions, I tell you.

Logan and I are currently putting Peanut in time-out whenever it's necessary, but we'd love to have suggestions for any other methods that might work better - because sometimes time-out is effective, but other times Peanut totally sits there singing the "Happy Birthday" song and couldn't care less that he's in time-out. So, any suggestions would be appreciated. :)

All things considered, we are very glad that Peanut is cute and sweet and keeps us entertained. Fostering is hard, but definitely worth it.

2 comments:

  1. Well I'm not sure what he's doing--if it's something a typical curious toddler would do (that is just annoying at the time) or if he's intentionally misbehaving.  If it's the former, try walking away yourself to calm down.  Gives you time to think about what to do.  It probably depends on what he's doing though.  Read this:

    http://www.gentlechristianmothers.com/articles/jeri/toddlerd2.php

    Don't know if that covers some issues...

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  2. thanks for the article. i love #10 in the first section - he touches anything and everything in the kitchen, no matter what we tell him...so i think i need to seriously look into creating his "own" cupboard/drawer.

    he does both - curious toddler stuff and intentional misbehavior. the curiosity part is what we're trying to "let go", but the intentional stuff (and potential dangerous, like biting himself, hitting marley) is when we put him in time-out. i'm thinking something else might be more effective though, like having a "thinking chair" where he can calm down. kind of like what the article says about "quiet time."

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