Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Pillow of Education

YBS told me that life is different now when raising kids. This 18 year old had a long, frank discussion with his equally wise and world weary 18 year old cousin, and they decided together that:
Parents used to use the Board of Education, now they need to use the Pillow of Education.
If you want your son to do something, don't tell him. Make him think HE wants to do it.

I really shouldn't complain or make fun. Here is my older teenage son telling me how he wants me to be a good parent to him.

Time to sleep on those boards, gotta put my pillows to better use.


john said...

18 year olds know everything. I did at that age, its amazing how much knowledge I have lost since...

Doobie said...

This works very well for spouses too. But it can be trickier for kids bk when they are little it doesn't matter so much if they agree with why you asked them to do something or not. A little positive encouragement can get little ones to do things just to please you. As teenagers I think they are programmed to disagree on principle with you so it has to feel like it is their idea for them to be compliant.