Before I close out the discipline series (I have one or two more posts in me), I want to ask you if you have any questions for me about this topic. You can either ask them in a comment below, or if you'd like it to be more private, you can always email me. I love getting personal emails, by the way. So, any questions?
Now, here's mine. Did you know I'd be doing some asking too? Since I don't know everything about discipline and training up these fair children of mine (Wait, what?? I know, you thought I did), I have a question for YOU. I try to be a constant learner, and I'd love some new ideas on this wall I keep hitting with my kids. I feel the most frustrated in one area: they don't put their stuff where it belongs (GASP! I know. I'm sure I'm the only one.) Whether it be shoes kicked off after school, dirty clothes, wet towels, trash, you name it, rarely does anything of theirs end up in the proper place without my asking them to put it there. For the millionth day in a row. It seems that no matter the praises for the successes or threats for the mistakes, the problem remains. For those of you with kids older than mine, maybe you can help me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Is there one? Is this a maturity thing? Because I seem to believe that a six and nine year old should be able to put clothes either on a hanger or in the hamper every day, and put shoes and backpacks where they go after school. But no, nothing's working, so help!
I will try to answer the questions I get from you friends, but just know that I may say, "I don't know!" I have so much to learn still. The reason I am offering to field questions AT ALL is simply because I know I may be one small step ahead of some of you in these matters, and therefore have some humble offering. That's all. And the same goes for you. You are surely one step ahead of someone in your life in terms of parenting or your faith or whatever else. Don't be afraid to offer to that person the bits of wisdom and experience that you have. God may want to use you.
If you are new here and want to catch up on the series, check out the February archive list on the sidebar and start with the post called "Discipline, Let's Talk."
Looking forward to hearing from you!