A Surprising Secret About Parenting

July 24, 2017

Maybe we all feel a little powerless when we are children. I certainly did. I wasn’t always sure I would get what I “needed.” My survival instincts kicked in often. Anytime I discovered that there were potato chips in the house, I would liberate many of them for my own purposes. I emptied unsuspecting Jello packets into my digestive system. I knew that Mom wouldn’t approve. But I figured I might not get any if I didn’t take the chips/Jello into my own hands.

 

I also teased my sibs. It didn’t occur to me that I was hurting them. I just knew that I wanted to assure freedom of action for myself.

 

Mom would get frustrated with me. When she caught me teasing my sister, she would consign me to a lonely chair in the corner of the kitchen. It was very effective. I learned not to tease my sister when mom was around. [Read More]

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