Kids are, by nature, defiant. Check.
Kids will, one day, find out you are not able to supervise them every minute. Check.
Kids, especially preschoolers, function primarily on reverse psychology. Check.
These are universal truths that I am proclaiming, (and believe), in order to continue this train of thought.
It is a wonderful event when a parent embraces their role. I say,”Lucky kids.”
So what’s the BIG deal? Parents who make a BIG deal over little things.
- Mom at bank counter raising her eyebrows and voice over the offering of a sugary treat to her child.
- Dad becoming visibly shocked when baby daughter disrobes in front of boys.
- A parent’s agony over the third word added to their child’s vocabulary. ( The word is “NO!” soon to be replaced by “why?”.)
Making a BIG deal over small, innocent events make them BIG deals. Big deals play badly with defiant, devious persons who specialize in rebellion. The knowledge that these things bother their parents gives little kids magnificent power. The BIG DEAL making improves the odds that kids will remember and use them again.
I have a day care parent who wisely supervises her 5-year-old child’s TV viewing. The parent does not want her daughter concerned with the dating and teenage antics on Teen Nick programs. Again, great parenting philosophy that I agree with!
This parent has scoffed and sputtered about the subject in front of the 5-year-old on a regular basis. That 5-year-old is the only kid who changes my TV channel specifically to Teen Nick. Even the older kids, in my charge, ignore that the programming even exists. I rest my case…
In summary, being a diligent parent of young children, does not require the “making a Big Deal” attitude. In fact, you may be undermining your own goals.
BTW- Parents will have plenty of BIG DEAL opportunities when their kids become teenagers.