"I meant what I said and I said what I meant.At 3am I had an eureka - use this story to reinforce to John Isaac that my words mean something (he was up for 1.5 hrs., ugh). So, this morning I shall read the book. Afterwards we'll talk about what it means then I'm going to tell him,
An elephant is faithful 100%."
"I meant what I said and I said what I meant
This Momma is consistent 100%."
I'll also need to apologize and ask forgiveness for not being consistent. The reason I need to focus on being consistent is partly because of a parenting email I read last week. It brought to my attention the idea of badgering.
When a child resorts to badgering, the goal is to wear the parent down in order to change the no answer to a yes answer. It's amazing how many different ways a child can rephrase the same question, hoping that this time it will result in a different response. Badgering is very tiring for a parent and that's probably why it works sometimes.
John Isaac is definitely an expert at badgering. Feeling weary yesterday I called for advice and encouragement from a wiser woman (whose children are adults, one of the a recovering badger.) The solution? Draw a line and be consistent. Isn't that the fix for every parenting ailment?
So, today and probably for the next 15 years, I am going to focus on being consistent in answering his badgering questions while following through with discipline if he chooses not to accept my answer. Pray for me.