As we prepare for john to come home, I've been thinking so much about how much my parenting has changed in the last year.
Albert Einstein said this: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
That is the way I parented for years. I figured that "normal" behavior modification techniques would eventually worked with my hurt and damanged children, and with most of them it never did. But I kept trying it thinking it would click. Some of the kids I tried it on are now 17 and 16. And it has never worked.
My friend Kari, in her blog pointed out that "If you tell a child something a thousand times and he still does not understand then it is not the child who is a slow learner."
I realize that over the past few years I have just not been creative enough in my parenting. I have learned so much in the last year and really hope that what I have learned is going to make things much better for John.
Now I really am going to go to bed early.