Here’s why we need to let kids be kids – and some advice for parenting to discipline kids so they grow up both well behaved and happy.
A few years ago we became members of a Country Club near our house
I resisted joining for the longest time.
Quite frankly, I thought there would be a bunch of snobs there.
I thought we would have to sit up straight, eat with the right fork, and list our accomplishments regularly.
We had dinner there last night. We do this a lot more than I thought I would – and I’ll tell you why.
There was a little boy there, about two years old. He was running around the hall, just outside of the dining room.
His dad was standing by, watching him, while the rest of the family ate their meal.
An older man came out of the restroom, looked at the little boy, and smiled.
“That’s exactly what kids should be doing!” he said. “Kids should be kids.”
I love our Country Club.
Denise Barry is the award winning author of the childrens picture books, What Does the Tooth Fairy Do with Our Teeth? and Soap On A Rope. Shes currently working on a middle grade book titled Sweeney Mack and the Slurp and Burp Competition, so watch for that! She also writes a blog on her website called Raisin' Kids, for parents who want to raise kids who become adults, not adult children. Denise lives in Buffalo, New York with her husband and two kids. To learn more about her visit her website at www.denisebarry.net
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