Rebecca de Winter
Today is my 19th Mother’s Day. I’m raising three kids and along the way I’ve learned more than I could ever describe in a blog post, a book, or even 100 books.
One thing I’m particularly proud to boast is that my children are thoughtful, kind, well-mannered and gracious. Of course they aren’t perfect, no person ever is, but they have self-respect and dignity. They generally make good, responsible decisions. I can’t take credit for all of that – I couldn’t have done it without their dad, for one thing – but I do have some good ideas about how to guide little humans.
Too many in the GOP are currently behaving like spoiled children having a monstrous tantrum. I’d like to offer a few thoughts from a mother’s perspective:
Seems hopeless at this point, right? Fear not, there is a remedy. It has worked with all of my children (even the special needs ones) and all of the children of my friends who do the same:
This is simple, but not easy. You have to have an iron will, a steely resolve, and the ability to not care what other people think. However, the rewards are more than worth it. Eventually (and your mileage may vary on time frame), your child will learn that Mom and Dad do not ever tolerate fits (and that’s never. Not even once). The result is a child who forms legitimate respect for Mom and Dad, and the solid gold life lesson that acting like a little monster never ends well or gives them what they demand.
So, back to you, GOP. As a veteran mom, I’m watching you, and I notice that some of you are giving in to the tantrums of a childish, ill-mannered, unreasonable electorate.
It’s time to tell them: “This is not OK.” Ignore them. Walk away. Hold the line.
You’re welcome. And Happy Mother’s Day.
12/3/2016 02:08:17 pm
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