Better Living Through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
The newest (and tastiest!) approach to parenting
Before I was a parent, I had certain ideas about parenting. “I’ll definitely do this,” I’d tell myself. “And I’ll never, ever do that!”
Then I became a parent.
With so many debates raging about proper parenting, I assumed parenting would be . . . different. You could even say I envisioned it being complicated. Unwieldy.
Turns out it’s a little bit messy, but certainly not hard!
If you excel at parenting (like me), you undoubtedly read those four types and wondered, “Where’s the fifth?”
The fifth style, “RPBC,” reflects a much more nuanced and sophisticated approach to parenting. It acknowledges that each of the other styles has its merits, but that they all work better in complement to each other. And with a hefty dose of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Why limit yourself to any one of the other styles when you can pick and choose as circumstances necessitate?
RPBC authoritarian: YOU DO NOT GET PEANUT BUTTER CUPS, BECAUSE I SAID SO.
RPBC authoritative: I trust you understand why I’m withholding peanut butter cups from you.
RPBC permissive: Oh, sweetie. It’s okay that you wrecked the neighbor’s car. You know what helps me feel better when I do stuff like that? That’s right. Third drawer on the left.
RPBC uninvolved: [silent as to location of the peanut butter cups]
When my son, Li’l D, has been good, I like to reward his behavior with a peanut butter cup. If he’s been really, really good, I’ll offer him nineteen or twenty.
If the sugar makes him a little wild and he does something displeasing, I tend to take a firm no-peanut-butter-cup stance with him. “Li’l D, I would have given you another peanut butter cup, but Daddy’s going to miss his computer now that you’ve thrown it over the balcony!”
I say “tend to” because the RPBC parenting style affords the busy parent—and aren’t we all busy?—the ultimate in flexibility. There’s no situation that can’t be resolved with the proper application or withholding of peanut butter cups.
You’ll have to sort out the exact balance for yourself, but there’s even more good news here: you can’t get it wrong!
The RPBC never judges. Not even when you eat it.
Try competing with that, other parenting styles!
© 2012 Deborah Bryan. All rights reserved.
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