My name is Audrey, and Parenting Sunshine is a place for me to share what I’ve been pondering about raising kids well. Not that I’ve already attained perfection in parenting, or even have all that much experience, but I love to share thoughts with other mamas and look forward to hearing your own ideas too. My four little sunshines range in age from 15 months to 7 1/2, three girls and one boy in the middle. They’re all amazing, and you’ll hear lots more about them in these pages.
Respecting kids, success in parenting, addressing the heart…this is what I’m all about. And I believe that all of that is wrapped up in my expectations. What do I expect my children to do, and why?
So here we are. The way I want to approach my kids is to set a standard that they can consistently meet. A bar within reach. I want to avoid leaving chocolate on the coffee table, for instance, and then having to punish them for stealing it. I want to train them to stay in bed by making sure they actually stay in bed, instead of punishing them after they’ve already made it out to the living room. Preemptive parenting, so to speak. And that takes a lot more time and energy than mopping up the aftermath, at least to start out, but I think the rewards are overwhelmingly greater in the long run.
So that’s it. Super simple but full of challenges. For better or for worse, these are the stories of my efforts to set the bar within reach for my own kids, sharing my successes and failures with you, so hopefully together we can raise stable kids who really are the sunshine of our lives.
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