I hate the idea of a parenting rule, but this is one that all parents should live by. It’s called Checkbook Parenting.
In the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey compares this type of relational strategy to an emotional bank account. Basically it says that you have to fill up the emotional bank account before you can write a check.
When that theory is applied to parenting, it boils down to this: you’ve got to make emotional deposits before you can make withdrawals.
When you confront or discipline your child (make a withdrawal) without first loving on him (making a deposit), you will most likely make him mad (bounce the check!)
You have probably been confronted by someone who you felt didn’t really care about you. How did you respond? If you’re like me, you’d probably say, “Who are you to tell me what to do?”
What are the results of this parenting rule called Checkbook Parenting?
Read on to find out what happens when you make the deposits…
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