I would never allow my child eat doughnuts and coke for breakfast but there was a time when I did just that. I would never tell a child to give up on their dreams because they’re too hard to achieve; but I’ve given myself that out when a dream seemed out of reach. I would never let my kid leave the house with their hair uncombed or no underwear on but….well you get the idea.
Part of a parent’s job is to instill good habits and discipline into their offspring. Phrases like “make your bed, do your homework, and eat your vegetables” come fast and easy when they’re directed at a child. But living by the same set of rules that are parceled out to kids is not so easy. Case in point, I routinely leave my bed unmade and vegetables on my plate.
Discipline has been sorely lacking in my life as of late. I can easily come up with an excuse as to why I “deserve” to sit in front of the TV for 3 hours while, simultaneously, justifying that I have no time for my french homework. I would never let me kid get away with that. It’s time for a crack down!
So here’s the challenge I’ve presented to myself and I’d like to invite you to join me.
From now on, I will treat myself with as much loving discipline as I would a beloved child.
The phrase “It’s for your own good” will now be directed at myself when I am behaving like a brat and refusing to do the right thing.
There will be consequences to not obeying my own rules. For example, no TV until my homework is done. (I’m sure you’ve all heard or said that before!)
I would love to hear from all of you who decide to participate in this challenge. I think we could learn a lot from each other as we discipline ourselves into achieving our dreams and creating a life we love.