Teach your children the difference between needs and wants
Now I’ve been trying to do this for awhile. But I think I got through to boy one today.
I understand parenting. It’s my number one job. Take emptying the dishwasher for example. That lesson is still in progress. Honestly, negotiating world peace might have been easier. And don’t get me started on teaching the difference between brushing your teeth and brushing your teeth properly. Honestly, I could put an astronaut in orbit with less grief.
But when my eldest son said to me today – “Mom, I think it’s a need now rather than a want now” I knew I broke through. He was talking about his computer of course as many pre-teens do. But he understood the difference. And I’ll take that as a victory.
I spend many hours with my kids. I enjoy their company (well, most of the time) and they are on this journey with us. When we have little breakthroughs like this, I know I’m on the right track. And it gives me hope. Now, onto laundry folding 101!