Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Making my husband the bad guy.

Confession: I'm guilty of making Josh the punishment. I threaten Wyatt that I will get his father if he doesn't straighten up or I even make Josh handle issues that I don't feel like dealing with. Not always, but more often than I should. I've recognized it and am trying every effort to change that. I don't want Wyatt to think that Dad is the bad guy all the time, because that just sucks. I grew up fearing my Dad and I totally walked all over my mother.

But why did I even start this? Because I've noticed that Wyatt doesn't respect my authority. I'm not trying to have a conversation about discipline per se, but something needs to be done. I've straight up become more stern with Wyatt, and at the end of the day I feel guilty about it. I'm trying to find a way to discipline and guide our son without yelling... because honestly, that doesn't even work with him. And time outs work half the time, but they ALWAYS work when Josh uses them (what the hell man). I dunno. I'm probably asking for a miracle to have a kid that responds to my direction immediately the first time.

In all honesty, I DO like how headstrong he is because I know that he is set on his own decisions. He also is NOT a follower, but just as great as that can be, it can also make the parent go crazy. Everything is a battle and on his terms. (Good grief, I'm pretty sure we're talking about me.)

This post is sort of all over the place but it's been very apparent to me today that I've gotta read some parenting books on strong willed children... stat.  

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