Moms, discipline isn’t a bad word

Cassandra McGowan, Reporter

Some women should never become moms. Seriously.

Day after day, I see moms totally uninterested in interacting with their children, sometimes even ignoring them completely. Everywhere I go, I see kids running amuck, acting like maniacs, screaming, crying, begging for toys or candy, and acting like plain brats.

Gee, where’s mom?

Oh, she’s over there on the phone texting or blabbing away like her children don’t even exist. Oh, she’s never home. Her parents always have her kids. Oh, she thinks the TV or Xbox is a baby sitter.

What happened to paying attention to kids?

What happened to the days of discipline?

Discipline doesn’t mean a beating, spanking them all the time, or even spanking them at all.  Discipline can be as simple as using a stern “no” or even opening your mouth and explaining to your children why their behavior is totally unacceptable. In fact, a child should never be disciplined without explanation.

Letting kids be disrespectful to anyone can be detrimental to them as adults. Respect starts as children.

We can’t just let kids do whatever they want and expect them to grow into well-rounded, productive adults.  It just doesn’t work that way.

Some of these kids need to come to my house and see the true meaning of being a parent.

I am in no way claiming to be the perfect mom, or that my family is perfect, or that my children never get in trouble or act like brats. But I do dole out the discipline if I see fit and I don’t care where we are, who is around, or what kind of icy cold stare downs I get from other people.

If my kids get out of line, I handle it. And if they continue to act in a way I feel is inappropriate, they get in trouble.  They know I mean business once it gets to a certain point, and I rarely even have to spank them.  I can pretty much just give them my mom-stare, and they know they better knock off the shenanigans. My kids respect and love me because I pay attention to them.

I talk to them, read to them, play with them, take them places they want to go and do things that interest them.  I also discipline my children, but still treat them with respect.

It’s like kids run their parents these days and it’s just ridiculous.

So mom, get off your damn phone and pay attention to your kids. Read them a book, play “Ring Around the Rosie” and “Duck Duck Goose” with them, cuddle them, but most of all love them, tell them you love them 1,000 times a day, give lots of hugs and kisses, and treat them with the respect you expect them to treat you with.

They won’t be kids forever. Teach them all you can about family, love and respect now.

Life is a lot better when your kids are happy and full of love.