Discipline – even the dictionary seems to be challenged when it comes to the concept “discipline”. It’s no wonder we, as a community, have such varied ideas of what is called for when a child’s behavior is unacceptable given the situation.
It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to gift giving in some BIG ways. Today someone asked me how my life would change if I spent $0 on Christmas gifts. Actually, pondering an answer to this question has brought up a lot of ‘stuff’ for me. While I know it’s quite unlikely that many of us will choose to spend $0 on Christmas gifts… it does seem the perfect time to consider the real gifts you can give to your children… the kind they will treasure for life.
“YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!”
On the surface it may simply be a response from a child resisting what they’re being asked (or told) to do. Yet I ask you to consider another perspective…
Whether spoken to a sibling or a parent… it’s a good indicator that a child is on the verge of feeling over-powered by someone. And even a young child realizes that there is something ‘off’ about that.
Even a child knows that it is the job of each of us to be the boss of ourselves!
So, if you hear that line coming at you, instead of pushing against it and creating resistance as you may be tempted to do… why not pause a moment and consider how well you are doing when it comes to being the boss of yourself.
Being the boss of yourself means you take responsibility for your own thoughts, your own alignment, knowing the powerful, positive impact your alignment has on all of your relationships.