This week, I would like to share an article with you about disciplining your child(ren). One golden rule, as also stated in Dr. Daniel Siegel’s new book ‘No-Drama Discipline’, is that discipline is about teaching, not about punishment (source: www.huffingtonpost.com).
Five out of the six rules to live by when it comes to disciplining your child presented in this article, I completely agree with. However, when applied correctly, putting your child in time-out can improve his or her self reflection skills, even at a relatively young age. You can read more on this, somewhat controversial, topic in my next blog post.
For now, most of you will agree with the advice given in the article below. And it’s not that you are hearing it for the first time either. It’s just that this 24/7/365 job can (quite understandingly) make you t-i-r-e-d and ‘a bit agitated’ at times. This is why, and I can’t stress it enough, taking some ‘me-time’ (think yoga, a walk around the block, going for a run) is one of the least selfish things to do. It’s almost selfish not to. It is necessary to keep you functioning well. The only difference between this job and a job where you have an actual boss, is that none of the requirements for you to keep functioning well (e.g. taking some ‘me-time’) is obligatory. Here’s me trying to make it so 😉
Start by viewing time as one of the most valuable ‘assets’ you have. Spend it very, very wisely. Reconsider social appointments that cost you energy, rather than bring you something positive. Maybe this already will buy you some ‘me-time’.
What, at all times, is also helpful, is being mindful about what you eat and drink and by trying to improve your sleep by being aware of your activities during the evening. Taking good care of yourself sounds like homework, and it kind of is, but will be worth every bit of it by having a (very) positive influence on your family life as a whole. Article 5.