Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Did either or both of your parents have THE LOOK? You know there would be no more words if your behavior didn’t improve. You knew the next step would make it uncomfortable for you to sit. If you had any brains at all, you didn’t push that line. It just wasn’t worth it.
I got that silent glare on more than a few occasions. Not from Mom. She tended to just look sad or disappointed unless she was truly furious, and then her whole face changed. But my dad? Yeah, the face didn’t change so much; just his eyes–and the set of his jaw.
My husband can do the same things. With just a look, the offending child would know that he was only seconds away from doom. And my kids have told me, as has my husband, that my eyes go smoky when I’m angry. Huh. Smoky eyes? I’ve never really understood that, and of course I’m not usually angry when I’m looking in a mirror 🙂
I like the photo above. We need more of that–a stern father making it clear to his kid that the nonsense had better stop. Too often, these days, it seems to me that it’s the kid who is telling the parent how it’s going to be.
I can’t even imagine looking at either of my parents like this little princess, obviously mouthing off and not looking cute at all. None of my own kids tried that one on me, either. You deal with this kind of attitude before they’re two years old, and you won’t have to deal with it later.
I will acknowledge that parenting can be a real trial, but being persistent, consistent and in charge, tempered with a lot of love, pays off in huge dividends. I’m always startled when a parent says something like, “Well, I don’t know–I’ll have to check with my kids and see if they have a problem with our being away that night.”
What? REALLY? You have to ask your kids’ permission to go out without them? Make sure they don’t mind? Yikes.
Someone said, long ago, that American children have the most obedient parents in the world. I sure hope that’s not true. I don’t remember who said it, or if they had any authority to say it. Whatever the case, that person clearly saw a shift in power from the parents to the children. Sad.