Editor's Note/Disclaimer: In light of the high volume of parenting advice that has been going around Catholic cyberspace as of late, I decided it was time to post some valuable parenting advice someone recently gave me, in hopes it will make you chuckle ... and thank God YOU never feel like doing this.
Warning: PLEASE do not scroll down if your "Mommy Monster" hasn't made an appearance since the first Bush administration. This is only for "regular" moms. Also, for the record, I can positively guarantee that the child in question is no one in our immediate family, and that my sister (who sent this to me in the first place) is in fact an outstanding parent. Most days, better than me. Which is why I let her send me parenting advice.
Tough Love vs. Spanking (a psychological conundrum)
It seems that these days most Americans think it is improper to spank children, so over the years I tried other methods to control my kids when they had one of "those moments." One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk. They usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. This worked so well for my children that I now use the method on my grandchildren. I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my grandson, in case you would like to use the technique. Sincerely, A Friend