My husband and I have been going through a course at church called Parenting With Love and Logic. It has opened up so many new opportunities to teach our children, but it can be really hard.
This was the beginning of my conversation with my 9yo, after I “helped” her by taking the toys and other stuff she couldn’t seem to put away.
Me: “what do you think my job is, as your parent?”
Her: “to take care of me…”
Me: “no, that’s not really my job at all.”
Her: (shocked expression)
Me: “my job is to teach you to take care of yourself.”