Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Child Rearing

Raising children is difficult, and depending on the child, can be very frustrating. I do not have a strong grip on what motivates my son David. I do not know why he makes the decisions that he makes. At five years old he as had consequence explained to him and he has demonstrated an understanding of this concept. When the time comes to make a decision the lesson can be lost on the boy, his desires become paramount and anything standing in the way of achieving them is in jeopardy.

Today David misbehaved, he demonstrated a complete lack of respect to his teachers and classmates. This is not the first time he has done so and I have no confidence that it will not happen again. The professionals at his pre-school say things like "he needs structure". I believe he has structure, we all sit down for dinner every night, we go to bed at the same time every night, we brush our teeth and say our prayers, we eat our breakfast every morning and are reprimanded with a" time out" when we misbehave.

The other two children are not prone to the same behaviors as David and sometimes I worry that there might be something wrong.

Most importantly, I do not like it, his behavior is a poor reflection and I need to understand how to help him behave better.

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