Ah, the negative parenting meme. Reinforcing stereotypes, giving in to the myth of the “spoiled child”, and keeping parents stuck in a cycle of further disconnect from their children.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Parenting can be positive. Joyful. It can come from an open place of love, not from a place of fear.
With that in mind, I took the liberty of making a few small changes:
“Giving our children
everything they wantas much as we can…. of our time, our attention, and the people, places, and things that make their lives fun, interesting, and colorful makes them demandingfeel valued and ungratefulloved. It creates a feeling of abundance for both parent and child. And they in turn neverlearn how to be self-controlledgenerous, and how to give freely of themselves to others, and in the future, to their own children. Think about this the next time you give in to a screaming child. a knee-jerk “no” to your child’s request.“
As parents we’re so often bombarded with the message of, “Your kids need to hear the word, “no!”” Well, I’m choosing differently. When it’s at all possible (and it is so very often possible) I’m saying “YES” … with no excuses, strings, or apologies.