Okay, before today's challenge, let me update you on the exciting illness saga in my house:
- I'm almost better (knock on wood)
- Quinlan is now sneezing and blowing her nose again, but she never seemed to get over it the first time so maybe this will be it.
- Margot's nose is running like a faucet, but that usually means there will be no ear infection, so wipe I shall do. With a smile even.
- Drew is snotty and coughy but pleasant.
- And my husband is the winner - he's stuck in Pittsburgh with a massive ear infection which he got from flying with the cold. Hopefully the antibiotics will get him home this morning.
And there you have it. We actually have planned a babymoon to Hilton Head this week, still with all the kids, but a little vacation nonetheless, so I'm hoping the beach air will help. That is if my husband can get home without blowing an eardrum (a very scary and real possibility).
Now, it seems like folks really responded to the choices challenge yesterday, so let's continue on with it. This is really quite simple and also, a bit of a play on semantics, but it's something I feel very strongly about.
#24: They're not "good" or "bad;" but their choices are
From the very beginning, we've always told our kids "good choice!" or "that wasn't a great choice" to instill in them that they are, in fact, awesome, wonderful fabulous people. None of this "good boy" "bad boy" crap.
However, it is their choices that can be "good" or "bad."
When you think about it, this makes a whole lot of sense, and it's much easier to explain to your kids, particularly when you've put their little butt in time out.
Some people use "right" and "wrong" choices, and I imagine there are plenty of variations, but suffice it to say that this works well in facilitating a discussion about making choices, which I think is something important to do now when you have major influence over those choices and the consequences that come with them.
What do you think?