A Week of Basic Training…

by Mindy Lockard on September 27, 2009

After a few attitude mishaps, a car chase (actually chasing Maggie around the car) and a series of after school meltdowns… Little Miss M and I will be spending the week in what we call at the Lockard house “Basic Training!” Basic training — formerly known as Boot Camp until Ty asked that I rename it so others wouldn’t think we were making our children run tires — usually happens once or twice a year. It’s a week we spend getting back to the basics. The basics of attitude. The basics of respectful words. The basics of what it means to parent intentionally, where Mom and Dad find creative ways to remind the values that are important to our family. kop_3664-edit Let’s face it, good behavior isn’t always intuitive and needs to be practiced. Although this week (sans television, videos, play dates or any outside tool I use to occupy Maggie’s attention) takes a great deal of my energy so does trying to get her attention in public when she falls to the ground in a heap or repeatedly crosses her arms with a “humph” mid grade school pick-up. We all need a little reminder of the basics and this week both Maggie and I will be working on what it means to work together with respect. Lessons taught through roll play, do-overs, examples, and a lot of discussion. A lot!

So here’s to all of you moms and dads who are willing to take the extra time and energy to work with your children on growing in a gracious manner.Parenting is one of the most difficult tasks we are charged with… however when we take the time to teach vs. tell our children, it’s the most rewarding! I raise my coffee mug to anyone: moms dads, grandparents, teachers, community volunteers who are in the trenches committed to the journey of raising children who are not only respectful of others but of themselves as well!

Also… hoo-dee-hoo posted our quest to “chill” please stop by and say “hi!”

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Preppy 101 09.27.09 at 8:18 pm

Good for you. It is a full-time, hard job. My children are grown and gone, but I so remember all those teachable moments. When I would get compliments on how wonderful my children are I would say thank you, but it’s not by accident. It’s an ongoing everyday job. My philosophy was that I wanted the world to love my children as I did, so I needed to make sure they would behave in such a way to make that happen! It is hard and sometimes not fun, but so worth it in the end when they are grown and you and they are best friends! They will grow up to be people that you love being around and not just cause they are yours 😉 Have a great week filled with love and lessons. xoxo

Michelle Coppage 10.07.09 at 5:09 am

What a wonderful idea! You are so creative, and I love reading your blog!

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