It’s hard as a mom to dole out the consequences… to not be there when they fell. This time when glasses spilled, or he didn’t do what he was supposed to… there was the consequence. Of course, WITH the consequence comes crying, whining, saying it’s not fair.
But it is fair. I was sure to make sure he knew consequences (that weren’t of the natural — you spill it you wipe it up variety), and understood. This kid has plenty of perks in his little life… HE doesn’t see them (much like I don’t see my own, I’m sure) but it’s time he realizes that I’m there to back him up or back things down all the time.
A fellow blogger wrote a piece about how her daughter didn’t have the same classes as very many friends and how she wanted to fix it for her… Although these were smaller things I get that mom — but I also get that consequences have unintended perks. For Conner it’s been learning how to do things better, cleaning, chores, practicing.
And the consequence of THAT is a happier mom. 🙂