Skip to main content

Best friends forever

On the subject of parenting, discipline is a word people like to throw around. Some even seem to brag about it. You might have seen different but I've seen firsthand too many cases of disciplinarian parents and the disastrous results of their methods many years later.

Fact is even when I was a kid, I never felt like a kid. The adults I respected were the ones who didn't treat me like a kid but as an equal because I felt simply like another human being. They listened to what I had to say, and in return I listened to what they had to say as well. There is no magic trick, only long-term relationships built on sustained patience and trust. In short, Mr. Rogers was right all along.

I suspect in the need to discipline for a quick fix, too many adults end up beating any creativity and genius out of children. I like old school music but when it comes to old school parenting, no thanks.

Personally, I believe job one for me as a parent is to support. If I'm not supporting my children, I'm failing at my one job. It takes a lot of time and it's often difficult. Friends -- whether they are family members, coworkers, or even strangers -- are the ones who support you in life's many situations. To have good friends, it would be a good idea to be one too.

Comments

  1. Hmmm is anyone else expperiencing problems with
    thhe pictures on thiis blog loading? I'm trying to find out if iits a problem
    on my end or if it's the blog. Any feedback would be greatly
    appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The pictures should show up. We tested it. Perhaps try viewing it from a different computer or device. Thank you bringing it up!

      Delete
  2. Admiring the hard wodk you put into your website
    and in depth information you present. It's nicde to come across
    a blog every once in a while that isn't the same unwanted rehashed material.
    Fantastic read! I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds to mmy Google account.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you've been enjoying my blog.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Glory in war is a myth

Homer's The Iliad and Odyssey tell of grand and exciting battles in all their glory. Of course both works are part of Greek mythology. They are myths in more ways than one.

It is also a myth that military personnel and veterans love war. Those who have experienced war and its horrific effects firsthand rarely want more of it.

Then who are the ones clamoring for more war? They are inevitably those who are profiting from it and aren't fighting it. Some people call them warhawks. I call them chickenhawks. Chickenhawk is a much better description since they are comfortable with sending other people's children to die for political gain. They are often the same people who talk a lot about family values. They are failures in diplomacy and strategy.

The only place you will ever find glory in war is in a work of fiction. And it is fiction that politicians and their ilk sell the idea of war. Don't believe it! I understand war. Having been born in Vietnam, I've been affected…

How much does it cost to send 2654 migrant children to Disney World?

Migrant children being separated from their parents on the Mexican border breaks my heart. They didn't break any laws. They are kids. As a child immigrant myself in 1980, I simply can't imagine being without my mom during that time. It would have been an extremely traumatic experience.

So what should we do with these precious 2654 migrant children?

Why take them to Disney World of course!

Crazy, right? I heard my friends say right away: "It costs money, Thomas!"

They're right. In fact, I even changed my mind about the concept of money I discussed just a few days ago. Money can absolutely be beneficial here. But before I go through the financial figures, let's talk briefly about intangible benefits.

When I first arrived in America, everyone was so nice and welcoming. When I say everyone, I meant everyone. I want the same for all migrant children. What says "Welcome to America!" more than taking them to Disney World?

While they wait to be reunited wi…

Man among men

True love is to highlight the good in others and downplay the bad parts. It's not you don't see the bad parts. It's just you want to point out and build upon the good parts.

Babe Ruth struck out a lot. But that's not what he was good at and famous for.

What an extraordinary sight yesterday when I witnessed a man so comfortable with himself that in the midst of criticisms lobbed at him that he still pointed out the good things about his critics. He's a man among men. ☮❤