It goes like this: Mommy and Daddy say “no” to their child and he/she screams, “I hate you! You’re mean to me! You don’t love me! You’re such a meanie!” Even the most sainted of parents has probably experienced this…or will. Thankfully, we’ve not yet heard those words from our angelic 4-year-old, who only shares loving, uplifting encouragement for her parents. And Andy (almost 1)…you can tell he only has positive thoughts about Mom and Dad too. HAHAHAHAHAHA…yeah, right. Not a chance that’s reality for any parent in the universe. But why is that?
Are we mean parents to keep our children from what they want? Some would definitely argue yes, “depriving” your kids of what they want makes you mean and awful and Children’s Services should be called immediately. That’s probably parenting advice from someone without kids. But to be honest, there are a million parenting styles out there. I won’t get into which are best. Which is the best? I don’t know!!! When the kids are grown and gone, we can have that discussion. Until then, we’ll have to focus on what Stacy and I have learned so far. When Stacy recently got “the look” for something she did when Annie misbehaved at the Library, we thought this would be a good topic for discussion. Then to top it off, I read this AWESOME article from a friend of Stacy’s about how to make your kids behave in public.
All that in mind, today Stacy and I spend five minutes on the topic of mean parents. Are we mean parents? Is that a bad thing? Is being “mean” a Biblical approach to parenting? Do Stacy and I have it all together? Are we the ultimate parental role models? If you want to see our answers to all of that and more, check out today’s video. Enjoy!
Are YOU a mean parent? Should you be? Why or why not?