Parenting is in the AIR!
Parenting is in the AIR! As we create a warm, loving atmosphere for our children and focus on modeling appropriately, we create an atmosphere in which we don’t have to think about correcting behaviors on a constant basis. By Dr. Ely Weinschneider Quite a few years ago, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, my family and I were looking for a family-friendly activity. We ended up going to a really nice pet store, one we have never been to. Once we got there, much to my children’s delight we saw something I’ve never witnessed before: Behind a floor-to-ceiling glass wall was a trainer with more than a dozen dogs. I don’t know what they called it, but in my mind I named it Doggy Boot Camp, and it was a really interesting idea, and fun to watch: Basically, if your dog is chewing your furniture or not behaving, needs to be toilet trained, sit, roll over, you could send your doggy to Doggy Boot Camp, and they teach them. They train your dog and then they send your precious dog back, all house broken and ready to be obedient. That is not parenting, that is behavior management. How to get your kids to listen, how do you get them to follow rules, is important, but if the majority of parenting is about managing behaviors, we’ve really missed the boat. All we would end up with is children who are managed/controlled. That’s not what it’s all about. Problem solving and behavior management