Hey there dads! I had a thought today that made me realize that you might want to hear about. I keep good company.
Well, generally I have friends that are decent people. But more specifically, I have friends who are not only good for me, but their style of parenting is good for my kids and me.
Just today my youngest, the Hobbit, started playing a demo game on our Xbox 360. Not a problem, most of the time. But the game he was playing only allows for Xbox Live, online play, within the demo. This is a no, no. So I figured it out and explained why I don’t want him playing games on Xbox Live. Once he clearly understood he said, “Yes dad.”
What makes that so cool is two parts. The first being that we really have never taught the kids to have a common response to any various form of a command from us; (ie. “Yes sir”, etc.) There’s nothing wrong with it, and it is kinda refreshing to hear other kids say that to their parents. But I’ve been more of a your-actions-demonstrate-your-obedience kinda dad.
The second part of this that is so cool is that this phrase is the exact kind of phrase that my friend Paul’s kids say to him. They do have their boys respond with a common phrase, expressing that they understand and intend to obey. It’s great.
The catch is that the Hobbit has actually picked it up from his next oldest brother, Freckles. Freckles picked it up by spending time with Paul’s youngest.
So, keep good company, and you might be rewarded with their good habits rubbing off on you…or your kids!