Dear Dave + April.....A Tuesday Series.

Dear Dave,

I love that we have been working for the past two weeks on disciplining our children together.....not punishing our children. I loved that we learned together the difference between discipline and punishment in our special classes. I think it hit the nail on the head and it is what causes heated arguments. Punishment. When we discipline we offer natural consequences to actions, when we punish we are really exerting our anger and using our emotion to try to punish the child. Discipline is done with little or no emotion. The consequence is simple. It fits the crime. Child tears room apart while mad, child cleans room and then helps clean another room in the house. Child tears room apart and punishment ensues when parent walks in screaming and yelling and telling the child they will not leave the room now as parent continues to yell and plops child on the floor to start cleaning room. The words are harsher with punishment than discipline. Punishment makes me cringe. Not only when I hear you exert your emotion, but also after I have exerted my emotion too.

I love that we have a little hand motion that we make to remind each other to go into 'zero emotion' mode when disciplining. I love the spirit that it has brought into our home with less yelling and losing our tempers with our children because of their actions. I love that there is little to no argument on our end with our children. We tell them once, give a second warning and that's it. No bargaining, no ultimatum, just discipline put into action if child does not listen. What a concept. Why did it take us so long to figure this out. I just love that we are on the same page and moving in a good direction and partnering in parenting and discipline. It makes such a big difference.

Love, April

P.S. I also love that we decide what the discipline will be together, not just a random discipline that might not fit into our schedule and cause more angst between me and you!

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Dear Ape,

Ditto. Amazing concept huh? I love our classes that we are taking and will miss them when they are done. But looking forward to the journey we will start.

Love, Dave

Dave and I have been taking some serious classes that will start our family on a special journey. More about it next week!

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  1. Aw, April! How very special...and beautiful :) Hope it continues going fantastically!

    Happy Tuesday!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  2. SO FUN! Can't wait to hear more!

  3. I think I probably need to put this into practice myself. We tend to punish more than discipline in our house. There is way more yelling than I would like. Definitely something to work on. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I don't even have any kids and I am fascinated by how people parent. Would love to hear more about this and how it's working!

  5. This is a fantastic way to parent. We have been using it for a while. I feel like the removing the emotion lets me fly above the fray of the situation.. keeps me much calmer for sure! Good work!



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