I started thinking of this subject when chatting with a professional friend recently, and she admitted that getting her kids ready for school in the morning was such a catastrophe that she d started putting them to bed in their school clothes to help with the procedure. This was initially confessed with a tip of embarassment, as if it was the sort of thing that would turn up in a Mommy Dearest-style narrative at some point, but even as a non-parent myself, I thought it was dazzling. Simply getting kids out the door day after day in non-nude fashion is a victory in itself– who cares if their clothing look a bit more rumpled than typical?
This got me thinking that there are most likely a lot of these slightly-sketchy-but-totally-effective-so-who-cares parenting suggestions. I wish to know your secret, outrageous tactics for keeping track of your ragamuffins, getting them to eat healthy meals (or simply meals), convincing them to get their toys, or getting them to stop stalling at bedtime– the sort of techniques you only admit to other weary parents.
For moms and dads out there who require some new techniques (or simply some encouragement and support for using the ones they currently know and enjoy), share your sketchiest pointers and trick in the comments and well round them up in a future post
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When youre considering having kids, you might create a particular image: Well-behaved kids playing nicely and taking turns on the swing in the backyard, or family movie nights where everybody agrees on the movie, or household dinners where everybody consumes what you serve without grievance. When you in fact have children, however, you realize that raising (wrangling) children looks much different– particularly once they reach the age in which they understand they have both a will and some techniques with which to exert it.