It is a little past 1 am and John Michael Montgomery is singing I Can Love You Like That on the fabulous iTunes shuffle.Â More than a few hours ago a 6.5 year-old girl told me that a boy in school tried to kiss her. I made a very stern face and told her that I am going to have to punch him in the nose. It had the desired affect as she suddenly burst into laughter. The dark haired beauty was quite pleased with herself because she fooled daddy.
I didn’t tell her that I am serious- one day I might punch one of these boys the nose and boy won’t they all be surprised. Damn boys, only have one thing on their mind and don’t tell me otherwise. They all want more Legos- just ask my son.
Been watching with some amusement the uproar over the Chinese Mom and her philosophy on raising children. I gather that more than 29,000 posts have been written about this topic generating more than 210,983 comments. Most of those came from outraged mothers who said that they would never raise their child in that fashion. Ok, I have no idea how many posts were written or how many comments came as a result of this Wall Street Journal column. I don’t know if the woman wrote it to try and promote her book or if she really believes it but I do know that I don’t c are what she thinks of my parenting skills.
I mention that because I have seen quite a few comments from women who really were upset by her statements. Frankly I don’t understand why someone would be upset by some stranger but that is me.
But the good thing about her column is that it generated more thought and introspection about parenting and that my friends is how we reach our title, be a better parent through blogging. While the headline might sound like link bait, don’t be fooled there is truth in it. Blogging provides you with an easy way to write down your thoughts and feelings about life. It provides a handy dandy corner where you can share your beliefs/philosophies about life.
And if you are truly introspective this provides you with an opportunity to read aloud what it is you think or feel. There is value in that. You might not realize it, but most of us make decisions based upon feelings and or arbitrary decisions that are not necessarily based in fact. We don’t always act logically. Not that logic is required to be a good parent, but sometimes we aren’t really aware of what it is that we are doing.
The act of writing it down provides a simple way to measure and understand. ItÂ provides an opportunity to conduct a more careful analysis. Blogging isn’t just a chronicle of the life of your child, but a place where you can come to nifty realizations about what is happening at home. And by that I am not suggesting that bad things are happening, but there might be areas that you are concerned about. You might want to try to provide a healthier diet or work on improving study skills. Blogging can help you do all of that and more.
And now if you’ll excuse me, Our House by Madness is playing on iTunes and I promised myself that I would go to sleep when that came on regardless of whether this post was finished or not.