On Monday night, my husband tore a muscle in his calf. He's in a lot of pain and isn't particularly mobile. Our four year old, however, remains extremely active. They have both needed me quite a bit the past few days, and I've been doing my best just to keep my head above water.
It's been an interesting week. I wish I would have taken a picture of the mountain of dishes in my kitchen before I finally tackled them to illustrate this point, but alas you'll have to take my word for it.
So in the spirit of granting myself some grace, I'm cheating a bit this week. I'm directing you to an article I wrote for Natural Mother Magazine.
But first, a little back story.
Peaceful parenting is for ALL children. No exceptions.
"I don’t use punishment to shape my son’s behavior. I’ve never spanked him and he’s never had a timeout. Instead my husband and I work to maintain a close, meaningful connection with our son."
Some people wholeheartedly agreed with this sentiment, and some people found it insulting. While I didn't mean to imply that parents who use timeouts don't have a close connection with their children, that's apparently how it came across. My point was merely that a strong connection naturally leads to more cooperation (thus less perceived need for punishment).
Anyway, from the supporters of timeouts, I received many comments such as, "Well I guess your child never needs a timeout, but my kid is strong-willed."
That assertion inspired an article that was published in the Natural Mother Magazine this month. The point of the article is that peaceful parenting is for all kids, not just the ones who never "need" a timeout.
You can read the article in its entirety here. And then comment or email me to tell me what you think!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to my ten loads of laundry.