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plainpain posted 7/24/2014 21:36 PM

I am very aware of wanting to teach my children empathy, and doing war against entitlement and "give me one more chance" thinking. I very much do not want to raise adulterers, and I very much want my children to choose life partners who are not prone to infidelity. I find my parenting is so very much more focused on building character, taking responsibility for choices, emotional honesty... and I wonder if sometimes I need to just "chill" as a parent.

[This message edited by plainpain at 10:15 PM, July 24th (Thursday)]

GotPlayed posted 7/25/2014 01:20 AM


I have been a lot more strict. Still loving, and I still play with them and happily joke around with them, but when the shoe drops, it drops hard.

And yes on the entitlement stuff. Now DD8 has her savings and I make sure she buys her snacks with her savings. I help her out, but I no longer just buy her stuff. I set up a budget for my family (S) and now if it's not in the budget, she doesn't get it. Period. I'm transparent with it and tell her how much is in the budget for kids and how we're allocating it, but I'm really worried that she'll grow up entitled like STBXWW. A similar dynamic is in place for DS10, I'm much more consistent with him which I think has helped his special needs.

I don't know if empathy has changed. The special needs stuff gives you lots of it anyway but maybe if DS10 was typical it would have increased as well. I do worry a lot more about what they're feeling and thinking, and we try to reason and work through the feelings in ways I didn't before.

So far other parents have mostly complimented me on my parenting, so I'm fairly confident I'm not being too hard on them. But I was always the "laid back parent". No more. Now I see 5, 10 years into their future for every decision I have to make.

It kind of sucks. But it's good. We are temporary guardians of these beautiful creatures, and we'll have to send them off sooner than we like. So we better prepare them. I want them to be happy and have fun, but be prepared.

rachelc posted 7/25/2014 07:17 AM

yes but mine our grown and we talk about how to clarify your values BEFORE you get into situations where you don't know what way to turn. Because as adults, that WILL happen.
We talk about not thinking others will make us happy but we have to make ourselves happy. We talk about not hurting other people...

Never woulda happened had I not gone through this.

1owner posted 7/25/2014 07:21 AM


I try to get them to focus on things that build character, the importance of good character, and how to recognize it in other people. Also choices and consequences, making good decisions.

"Don't judge" is a popular saying, but the reality is that you have to have some judgement in your life. When I see intentional wrongs by others, I don't let my children be around it, and use it as an example to teach them why. On occasion, this has upset the them and I have had to say, "Because I'm Dad and I said so and that's the end of it!" I'm trying my best to teach them right from wrong in a way that will give them the best moral ground when they are adults.

Always loving, but firm when I have to be. When I put my foot down, even if they don't like it, they know it is out of love.

Raising kids is definitely an adventure, and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Daisy312 posted 7/25/2014 07:27 AM

Honesty and openness is huge with me now! My oldest is only 5 but very mature and she and I have lots of discussions about being honest and open with each other. I worry a ton now about her growing up!

DrJekyll posted 7/25/2014 07:45 AM

As a WS from a severely broken home. My BS and I parent considerably differently now. In my digging I have seen where I have been repeating some of the patterns of my childhood. And I have been sharing my journey to find self with my DC. Apologizing along the way. and working on character building, and trying to help my boys show and voice their feelings in an emotionally safe environment.

Working more on building healthy children and not trying to make rocket scientists.

7yrsflushed posted 7/25/2014 07:47 AM

It's not that I parent differently, I find it's EASIER to parent now. Once XWW was out of the house things became much simpler. My house my rules. She can do as she pleases at her house. I can't control what my XWW does but I can damn sure insert some balance into my childrens lives to counteract the dumbshit they must witness at XWW's house. I was always open with my kids I am just more in tune to making sure they KNOW they can talk to me about anything.

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