Do you have those? I don’t.
But sometimes I think I expect them to be perfect.
My children sometimes encounter situations that they don’t know how to handle and, even if they do, they sometimes choose not to do what they should.
And that’s where I come in. It is my job to train them.
Every day I need to be aware of opportunities to train them, to teach something for the first time or reinforce what has been taught previously. I need to remind myself not to be surprised when they make wrong choices in their behaviour or attitudes, but to patiently work with them, using discipline when necessary,and including positive reinforcement whenever I see them responding properly.
And if you have those perfect children I’ve heard about, please let me know!
I'm really struggling lately with Will being negative. This training business is hard work!!!
Yes, training is hard work! It requires consistency and patience, qualities that I certainly lack at times. I'm thankful that God can give me the strength to "keep at it" when I feel like I've had enough.
aurie good says
Did you read my post on Monday?? I about threw up hands up and gave up. Thankfully God gave me a nudge and reminded me that training and loving is part of my job.
Yes, I did read that post on Monday….and I've lived something similar! Glad you were able to make it through the day with your sanity intact. 😉
Powerful post, Tracey! Training is in progress over here ~ both in the kiddos and in me!
Hoping you are enjoying the end of summer and maybe the beginning of school already or soon? =)
Yes, we will be starting school next Wednesday, the 15th. Earlier this week, we deep cleaned the school room/playroom and arranged all the new school books. I've started doing a bit of planning, and I think we're actually (somewhat 🙂 excited about getting back into the routine of school.
I'm guilty of getting upset with my children when they don't do something correctly or respond incorrectly to a situation. And it's usually my fault because I haven't trained them the correct way. Thanks for this post.