Faith Kids

STOP being a CrAzY Parent

STOP being a CrAzY Parent www.herviewfromhome.com
Written by Lori Wildenberg

Have you heard this definition?

“Crazy is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” 

Yet we often go crazy because we are in a discipline rut.

So let’s STOP crazy parenting and get creative! 

S: Super hard to enforce. If the punishment doled out is harder on mom and dad or specifically difficult to enforce this will be an ineffective mode of discipline. Make your discipline doable and enforceable.

T: Training is absent. Discipline means to train. Train your child for the behavior and the character qualities you want rather than  focusing on what you don’t want.

O: Over the top consequences. “You are grounded for life” type of idea. If you have delivered a consequence  that is too big, it will be ineffective. This happens when we feel as if life (our child) is out of control and we are emotionally charged. Back up and switch it up.

P: Penalty doesn’t match the crime. For instance: taking away the cell phone when the child is late. Instead have the child owe you time (maybe paid back in chores)  or make his curfew earlier.

STOP crazy parenting and get creative. Seek to train your child for the character traits you want to develop. Don’t only focus on behavior.

 Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them.
Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.

Ephesians 6:4 The Message 

For more ideas on how to be creative while raising kids you may want to get these books:

Raising Little Kids with Big Love (toddler- nine)

Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love (tween- young adult) 

with faith hope and love,

headshot 2015Lori Wildenberg
contact Lori at www.loriwildenberg.com or at www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com if you would like her to come and speak at your next event. 



About the author

Lori Wildenberg

Lori Wildenberg co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting and Licensed Parent and Family Educator is passionate about coming alongside parents and encouraging them to parent well. She loves mentoring moms and dads and speaking on the topic of parenting. She is co-author of 3 parenting books including the recently published Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love. Lori lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. Visit http://www.loriwildenberg.com or http://www.1Corinthians13Parenting.com for more information.