I work with the public everyday. One of the things I do to amuse them and myself is have a random question of the day. The other day the random question of the day was: at what point should children start practicing to be adults?
Shocking to me the average of all the answers was at ages 16 to 18 years of age. I’m sorry, but these answers answered so much about what is wrong with the world and why my child gets so many compliments for being smart, well-behaved, and mature. My three-year old has been practicing to be a responsible member of society for roughly three years at this point. Crazy as it sounds the meaning of no, how to pick up your own mess, and please/thank you are real life skills! (I’m still working on that pick up your own mess bit myself.)
That being said, my daughter is already learning important life lessons now. 1. Mama and Daddy won’t always be there to pull your fat out of the fire. 2. No means no and usually for a darn good reason. 3. That she really is loved and that good discipline is part of real love.