When my kids were about this age I went on a total strike. I had had it with
their indifference to anything I said (kind of like I talked but no actual sound
came out of my mouth) their arguing and their complaining. I announced that it
was plain to see they were not interested in having a mom and so I was going to
take a break and do what ever I wanted that day. I was not in charge of their
meals, transportation or dispute settling. It was fantastic. I napped, read,
puttered around at my leisure while they struggled to manage themselves without
my involvement. The next day they were different children and
somehow my voice returned!
So this is where passive aggression is taught in Utah culture?Good
Horten the Elephant's words come to mind. I meant what I said and said what
I meant because an elephants word is 100%. Moms word is something you could bank
on it. Mom the most trusted name in the world.
I AM 2 LDS, Considering the mom in the article lives in Boston maybe
it's a Bostonion thing as well. Either way, the appropriate lesson came
through and no one is worse for the wear. : )
I AM LDS 2: Go ahead; name-call and label it whatever you'd like, but this
mother's example of identifying, then dealing with and, finally, actually
changing behavior serves as a model for all of us who parent. That is, for all
of us who seek for wisdom and are willing to dedicate the time required to help
our children become better individuals.