I am a sarcastic person.
I think anyone that reads my blog can see that.
I am sarcastic with everyone, including my kids.
However, there are things that I am never sarcastic about.
1. I tell it like it is!
I tell my kids how it is. The world isn’t going to sugar-coat anything for them, so why should I? If my kid is being a jerk, I tell them that they are being a jerk. If my kid falls down and gets hurt doing something stupid, I say, “See that’s what happens.” (After checking for serious injuries, of course. I’m blunt, not heartless.)
2. We eat dinner together as a family, every night.
I know it sounds very Norman Rockwell-ish, but I feel like the family time around the dinner table is important. It is the one time when we are all together and somewhat focused on the same thing.
3. I play with my kids.
I get down on their level and play their games. I don’t try to make them fit into what I am doing. I am very lazy and I love my adult time, but how are they going to learn how to interact with people on their level, if no one shows them how?
I tell my kids something positive about them EVERY DAY! Am I creating two egotistical narcissists? Possibly. What I am doing for sure, is building their self-esteem. I want them to know that they are awesome, smart, beautiful and handsome. I grew up hearing a lot of negativity that brought down my self-esteem. I refuse to do that to my kids.
5. I tell my kids that I love them EVERY DAY!
No matter what has taken place. No matter what chaos has consumed my house. No matter how hot the flames are burning. My kids need to know that I love them. I doesn’t matter how frustrated I have gotten or how many times I have yelled, “Stop being an ASSHOLE!”. My kids need to know that they are loved.
EVERY day. No matter what. They are LOVED!
Parenting happens everyday. No one has perfected it. We all do what we can.