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Carol Perkins: Six reasons to give an adult time out
Previous Column: The Butter Bean Episode
By Carol Perkins
"Be Good," the mother said as she sends her child home with her grandparents. "You all call me if you need me." She is wasting her words.
First, kids are much better behaved without their parents, and second, no grandparent would tattle on a grandchild. At least I wouldn't. Some might threaten to call when the child is jumping from couch to chair to another chair, but grandparents still know how to discipline.
The problems arise when two or more children come to visit. Have you noticed that many grandparents refuse to keep more than one at a time? There is a reason for that.
When adults tell kids to "be good," I think about how children (and teenagers) might want to say the same thing to their parents. Kids see the goodness in their parents, but they also see times when they would like to put them in time out! What upsets a child the most and makes him nervous and afraid and embarrassed? Here are a few:
Just think, if we all were good, we'd be "do-gooders." By the way, this is my Dr. Phil moment.
Follow Susan and Carol-Unscripted on 99.1 the Hoss in Edmonton on Tuesdays from 10amCT to 11amCT and replay on Sundays from 4pmCT to 5pmCT. Listen to Carol's podcast at spreaker.com/user/carolandcompany for entertaining stories and a replay of Susan and Carol-Unscripted.
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