Thoughts on some parenting theories

I know what kind of parent I don’t want to be.

I don’t want to be the parent that has kids that sleep in my bed every night. I just don’t. I think that it raises kids that are needy and whiney. I want my child to sleep in their bed every night, and for my child to go to bed at an age appropriate time. I don’t think 1 am or later is an appropriate time for a toddler to go to bed. I’d rather deal with the crying fights when they are 6-9 months old instead of a 3 year old.

I want to be the parent that supplements school with a home school program. I think a child benefits from one-on-one lessons. I don’t want my child to fall behind in school.

I want to be the parent that limits how much tv and video games my child watches/plays. I know parents that pretty much have their kids watch tv all day, everyday instead of stimulating learning and self-play. I want to interact and play with my child.

I don’t want to raise unruly kids that I feel like I can’t take out in public. I don’t think that “time-out” always works and that there is a difference between child abuse and spankings. I think more children need to be spanked. I see too many children with severe attitude problems. It grinds my gears when I see a rude child and their parents just giving in.

I believe that kids need to be on a schedule. It’s okay for the schedule to be flexible and vary from time to time. I think that by having them on a schedule before they start going to a pre-k program or kindergarten will help make that transition easier.

I think that I am prepared to be a parent but I know I’ll make mistakes. I don’t have all the answers. However, I know there are a few things I’ll never bend on.

I really wish that it wasn’t so easy for people to get pregnant. There are too many immature adults having kids. It’s the kids that suffer. I can’t do anything to fix it. All I can do learn from their mistakes so my child turns out better. The future is scary.

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