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    The Darndest Things: Self-Discipline

    January 7, 2011 by Brandy Vencel

    I have the funniest 8-year-old ever. At least, the funniest one I ever knew. I just fell back in love with him after being irritated this morning. The bossiness! Oh, how I loathe it. Why must first-born boys pretend to be the parent? Why??

    Well, this morning I told him that he was going to be disciplined every. single. time.

    I just hadn’t decided what the consequences were going to be.

    And then I heard bossiness.

    “Go to your room!” I sputtered.



    What next? I thought. Going to his room isn’t a form of discipline. It is more like putting him in the waiting room.

    “And…um…write I will not be bossy seven times.”

    Why seven? I don’t know! I think I forgot he was eight!

    I had intended to use chores, but everything was already done, so copywork it was.

    This is almost CM habit training, but not quite, right?

    A little later, a paper airplane flew my way. Sure enough, when I unfolded it, I found the required sentences.

    The funny thing is that 20 minutes later, I was hit in the arm by yet another plane.

    Covered with yet another seven sentences.

    I sat there for a second, confused.

    Then I found him.

    “What is this?” I asked him.

    “I did it again,” he confessed.

    That’s right. He punished himself!

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  • Reply Kimbrah January 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    This made me laugh and burst into tears at the same time because of the sweetness of his spirit. That is a great indication of God at work in his little heart. I love it! 🙂

  • Reply Gracie January 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Rachel R. January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

    That’s hilarious! My 8yo is quite the “little mama.” It gets really, really old, because it just makes her little sister angry, which irritates her, and then they’re fighting.

    You’re doing better than we are, though, because I don’t think mine would have written the sentences without a showdown. 🙁

  • Reply Rahime January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

    That’s great!! At least he’s doing his own parenting/discipline too. teehee I remember being a VERY bossy first-born. One of my mom’s friends nicknamed me “little miss bossy boots” at about 2 or 3 and I didn’t quite out grow that one for YEARS.

  • Reply sara January 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    LOL! First born sons are hilarious. Mine is six and is funny and bossy too. And he knows everything. Today he tried to explain planetary orbits to his three-year-old brother by telling him that the sun never goes down. :-

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