Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I’ve also learned as a parent that I have to be very careful what threats I make because sometimes the follow-through hurts.
For example, ever get frustrated, unplug the television and yell, “That’s it! No more TV”?
It can make for some long rainy days, let me tell you. During one such week, I looked at my husband and asked, “Why are we punishing ourselves?”
Speaking of television, I watched a great episode of the show “The Middle” that addressed this topic. In it, the couple’s youngest child kept losing his coat. Frustrated, the father yelled, “That’s it! No more coats!”
I’ve been tempted to let mine go coatless until the first chilly day. And then I’m calling lost and found and driving all over town retracing our steps. Following through is hard to do – for most of us, that is.
I have a friend I’ll call Betty. Betty is by far the bravest person I know. When she makes a threat, she means it.
Heaven knows, she has mine.