Today was the first day of classes and after teaching five college classes in one day, I am absolutely exhausted, so I am sharing an old story from 2000 when Elder would have been four years old . . .
I have been reading a book in which the author states that after each disciplinary action, you should discuss with the child his misbehavior and your response. Common sense, right? I had actually already made a habit of such talks, although I decided I could probably do better. So, the other day, Elder misbehaved – I can’t even remember what – and I had to scold him. It wasn’t anything of any major importance – he didn’t even get sent to his room. But I thought I should follow the verbal reprimand with an explanation. Right? So, I finished my scold with, “And do you want to know why?” only actually pausing for a breath, not an answer. But before I could continue, Elder, who had patiently listened to the reprimand, barely glanced in my direction, and in a voice of absolute indifference, said, “No,” and walked away, leaving me staring then blinking and deflating slowly.
I guess I need to read the book to Elder?