Sometimes you just need the kids to shut up or go to sleep, and what you have been told is the wrong thing to do works out all right for the both of you.
But I’ve been wearing an rubber band on my wrist for a while now. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s a reminder that I am too hard on my 7-year-old. That I yell too much. That I say “no” too much. That I lose my patience with him too frequently.
Crying It Out is NOT the same as Ferberizing, which involves ignoring your baby in gradually increasing intervals, by taunting him with your proximity. Crying It Out means you stay completely out of sight as opposed to cruelly teasing him.
We already know parents are overrated. But parenting overrated? For the parent? That question is a little trickier so let’s examine it.
Common among parenting mistakes is giving too many choices. When I was growing up, my parents gave me one choice: sit down and shut up.
Sometimes there’s no time to explain. Sometimes it’s too hard to explain. Sometimes there simply is no explanation, at least not one your 5-year-old will understand.