My girls have been growing up and going through the pains of being taller than your mom, but still not having the intellect of
CRAZYBELOVED ECLECTIC APPROACH TO PARENTING CHILDREN OF A CERTAIN AGE
Sorry to take so long to respond, I wasn't quite sure what to say. It has been such a long time and the children have grown so much since we have spent time together.
For our girls, the loss of a privilege is a big deal. With privilege comes responsibility. The more responsible you are; the more privileges you will have. Americans are very privileged...
- Take away TV-- yes, I said it. The lesson. Sometimes your behavior affects others(talk about some peace and quiet).
- Early bedtime. She might like this one... some doctors believe that sleep deprivation is a major contributor to the behavior problems that are more prevalent among children today. Don't tell her this, just send her to bed(maybe everybody).
- Remove sugar from the house.
- Take away phone, iPod, video games, computer, or social events like ball games, dances, and regularly scheduled hanging out. My girls are really starting to get the picture that if the chores are not done, the bus will not depart. You can do this for a day or a week. It isn't forever, so there is no drama.
- Sent to room. Message? Your behavior shows you cannot handle life in this big wide world with other people, so you can spend time in this tiny world until you decide you can live by the rules in the real world. When you can do that, join us. One of mine stayed in there a REALLY long time to see if I would give in and because she really likes being the boss of her own world. She peaced out; we all won.
- One Two Three Magic, Phelan,
- Have a New Kid by Friday -Leman,
- Heart of Anger - Priolo,
- Age of Opportunity - Tripp,
- Your 10-14 Year Old - Ames.
Love and consistency are key. Sometimes all they want is for you to not be affected by their drama. Sometimes I just look at my girls and tell them "this is what you need; like it or don't. But this is not a popularity contest. It is simply going to be done this way."
Remember they are exhausted just from the rapid growth and development... faster than in infancy. They don't know why they do what they do either. They need rest and good food. I guess you know...people this age can eat. Be sure that they have a balance.
You may want to start scheduling one on one time with her doing something just girls. Ditch the dudes with someone responsible and go window shopping(mine got all snitty about Goodwill, and that lasted about 3 seconds with me. They are enthusiastic consignment shoppers now.) We have also started getting our hair done at the beauty college. It is so inexpensive both the girls can get shampooed and flat ironed and I can get a shampoo cut and style for $35. Sometimes, it is fun for them just to do a activity with me like cooking dinner or running to the post office.
Predictable schedule and consistency bring peace. When we are less consistent and when there is no schedule is when behavior and attitude tend to break down. Keep them busy with something productive.
YOU control the tv and movie subject matter(If all the other moms are jumping off the roof does that mean you have to, too?) If they are seeing a lot of craziness, it will come out in a need for you to stand and protect them. Get a filter on the computer if you don't have one.
Remember. It is less about today's comfort. More about them having a successful life. Some inconvenience for me today will bear fruit for my kids tomorrow. The girls tend to act like EVERY SINGLE THING is the end of the world. It is hard to remember not to get caught up in this "ignorificance". This is not the easiest age, but it is a great opportunity to grow up a woman who can think accurately about herself.
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