When I get myself worked up about some trivial thing, I pause and remind myself that my kids get it right about as often as I do.
Like me, they can struggle a bit when we are all together, or tired.
Here’s a filter I use to make better decisions when I’m in my role as “Dad.”
If I want to offer correction…
- Get Up
- Follow through
No talking from the other room. No shouting from downstairs…
- Calmly get in front of the kid
- Let them talk it out
- Ask them “what am I going to say now?”
- Follow through, regardless of the inconveniences
Every. Single. Time.
Avoid the trap of constant negative feedback, that both of you are ignoring!