Kids act the way they do and make the choices they make because of how they are parented, right? I say yes. I also say no. Let’s get crazy real in episode 7 about a little thing known as nature vs. nurture.
What’s in this episode of the Crazy Real, Real Crazy podcast, Amy?
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In today’s What the Kids Think segment, my oldest son (14) answers a listener’s question: do you think it should be required that homeschooled children are tested? His answer wasn’t quite what I expected.
(Have your own question you’d like to submit for What the Kids Think? Post it in the comments below or email me at [email protected])
In our main topic segment of today’s episode, I talk about raising kids within the mystery of nature vs. nurture, and how…
- as parents, we put a lot of effort into guiding our kids on the right path. When it works out, we say “go, me!” but when it doesn’t work out we think, “what did I do wrong?” In reality, sometimes we have nothing to do with it.
- we want to do our best, we want to do it right…but no one knows what the right way is.
- every kid does crazy things—adults do crazy things too, but we look at kids differently because they’re kids.
- we are afraid of what our child’s behavior makes us look like as a parent.
I admit to some super stellar moments in my parenting where I thought the whole world was judging me:
- the time I dragged my screaming angels out of Burger King after their tantrum of epic proportions,
- the time I dislocated my youngest’s elbow,
- the time my half naked child ran away from me and peed in the front yard as the Jehovah’s Witnesses pulled up.
I also discuss:
- that you cannot control your kids—or any other person. You really, really can’t.
- how a batch of puppies can help us learn about nature as it relates to kids,
- how farms and colors can help us understand nurture as it relates to to kids.
A quote from this episode you might want to write down:
“It is a mistake for you to depend on your child’s behavior to validate your worth as a parent.”
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