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Even with our rules, we understand that they have to be kids. They have to smear the pudding across the table, have a food fight now and then, race through the house making the most awful of noises. They have to be free to learn right from wrong, and learn that someone will end up hurt when you act without caution. We don’t have a parenting style, we just do what comes naturally. We teach our children to be respectful by acting respectful ourselves. We teach them to read by sitting down and reading ourselves and with them. We teach them to make healthy choices by making our own healthy choices. It’s a simple philosophy: Do as I do.
I have to wonder though what some of the parenting experts would say if they saw our house, our
Would they turn to dust knowing that our oldest son watched “Zombieland?” Would they even bother to find out that he watched it with us in the room, and that he has a firm grasp on what is reality and what isn’t. Would they take us to task because our youngest son has watched “Jaws 3” with us, and other movies that aren’t necessarily kid friendly. How about the time we encouraged them to race around outside tossing water balloons at each other? Or when we allowed the youngest to ride his tricycle through our living room and kitchen (thank heavens for smooth flooring) when the weather was awful outside.
These are the things we do. We’re not perfect parents, we don’t have a style to call our own. We used disposable diapers, bought jarred baby food, and we like to have cake for breakfast now and then. We would do anything for our children, give them the world if we could, and above all we do everything we can to give them the foundation and love needed to grow into adults who make the right choices.
Parenting styles be damned. We’re doing this our way.