Not even sure why I am posting this. I used to be about listening more. Lately I feel differently.
I feel like when I say something they have to listen. I do give them freedoms but talking back will get consequences. Not picking something up will be given consequences. I still do not believe in spanking or that kind of punishment. But I do believe that they should listen to my husband and I when we ask them to do something. We are their parents. We are not strict but we can raise our voices when we are frustrated. I am ok with that now. We are a loving family just trudging along. :)
I just think it is strange that I went from OH maybe they shouldn't have to clean up after themselves because they are their own beings and they should want to do it and if they don't we do it. Now I think...no way. You mess it, you clean it. If you don't, I can toss it or you can clean it. It is definitely a change but I feel, a needed one in our family.