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  1. Cindy
    Oct 12 - 3:21 pm

    I admit it. I’m a yeller. And yes, it is because I sometimes fail to get off my butt and correct the problem before it becomes a BIG problem. And big problems? Make me yell. ;0)

    • Kelli
      Oct 12 - 3:38 pm

      Me too. Oooohhhh, boy. Me too. *sigh*

  2. Susan
    Oct 12 - 3:29 pm

    Hmmm… I think I’ve been each of those moms on various days. LOL

    But the order you listed them is actually the order of the categories that I’m most likely to fit in. I think Janice and I both tend to talk too much, then threaten without following through, until we start yelling, and eventually we might even roll our eyes and finally lay down the law as an authoritarian.


    Parenting is seriously way too hard. We all deserve awards at the end of every day just for surviving.

    • Kelli
      Oct 12 - 3:36 pm

      Well isn’t that the truth! I keep checking the mailbox for my trophy, but…

      And yes, I think we can all easily fall into every one of those categories at some point. It’s exhausting…but so rewarding, right?! :)

  3. Wani
    Oct 12 - 3:41 pm

    I have been all of these at some point or another… parenting is a work in progress!

    • Tracie
      Mar 05 - 12:06 am

      Me too! They say parenting doesn’t come with a hand book, but this is sure a great place to writing one!

  4. CoffeeJitters
    Oct 12 - 3:42 pm

    I do count to 3 – but it’s just 1, 2, 3, said more quickly than I’ve heard on the playground, no 2 1/2, and 3 has real consequences. every time.

    so far, it’s been quite effective.

  5. Emily M
    Oct 12 - 4:12 pm

    I think we all have each of those qualities in us. I find myself doing a little bit of all of them at least. The important thing is that we mean what we say and we say what we mean. In other words, let your no mean no and your yes mean yes. It’s tough not to give in and take the easy way out. It’s something I struggle with every day. And I only have one kid so far!

  6. Kimberly
    Oct 12 - 5:22 pm

    Agree with the consensus here that we probably all have been one or more of these parents at one time. The advice for how to handle discipline is good and we all probably try most of the time to do this especially when we stop and think about if for a minute before reacting.

    • Kelli
      Oct 12 - 9:34 pm

      That’s the key, isn’t it? The stopping and the thinking. I tell my eight year old to do that all the time. “Stop and think before you react.” I need to take my own advice more often. :)

  7. Dominique
    Oct 13 - 2:13 am

    It’s never easy parenting.. I’ve been a mixture of all those you listed up there.. am still finding the “ideal” way to handle misbehaviour in my 7yr old who is really hard to handle.

    • Kelli
      Oct 13 - 8:56 pm

      I feel you. My eight year old is a huge parenting challenge. He is going to be an amazing leader someday and has a heart as big as the ocean, but harnessing his…um…let’s call it passion is quite the ride. Every day is an adventure. ;)

  8. shelly
    Oct 14 - 4:12 pm

    Oh dear. Conviction…I’m with Susan. I’ve been one of each of those parents. Deep breaths. Calming, deep breaths. And chocolate. Then react. LOL

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