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Episode 12: Parenting: Why Boys Need Rules and Boundaries


Parenting: Why Boys Need Rules and Boundaries

We all have different views on parenting. Sharing what I believe in is that all children need rules and clear boundaries and consequences.

I’m going to talk today about the big topic of motherhood.

I’ve been online for about three and a half or so years now. And I generally avoid the topic of motherhood, and particularly the parenting side of motherhood.

I’ll talk about the things that have happened with my children.

But I don’t like giving parenting advice.

And I don’t like giving my views on parenting…

because people get so uptight about their own views on parenting and it just leads to arguments. I don’t want the conflict so I generally avoid it, being a big coward at heart.

Parenting: Why Boys Need Rules and Boundaries

You know, I want everybody to like me as we all do, and I just want to keep the peace and yeah get everyone to like me.

But I’ve had several conversations with friends who have younger children who’ve commented that the parents telling the children what to do is “old fashioned” and that parents these days “discuss” things with their children.

There’s nothing wrong with discussion, I always explained what and why we were doing things with my kids and we’d have a conversation about it.

But make no mistake: the final decision about what we were doing (and what the kids would be doing) was mine.

So what I’m going to say today goes against a lot of the current beliefs about how to raise children because I believe that all children need strong rules and clear boundaries.
And consequences.

About Karen O’Connor

Blogger, Author, Entrepreneur

Changing the dialogue around menopause and midlife.

As a Podcaster I create a safe space and community for the stuff of Midlife. I provide more than a hub of information I am changing the dialogue around menopause and midlife for women with fun, love and laughter.

After (hopefully, successfully!) raising four kids, being married for 30 years, going from regular month-to-month pay cheque jobs to creating a multi-million dollar property development business (and a number of other businesses with varying degrees of success and failure), to going broke and starting again…

…there’s a heap of experiences and life lessons just waiting to be shared.

Life is about learning from our mistakes and the heartaches we might encounter, but it’s also about having fun and making sure we’re surrounded by laughter…

Which is what you’ll find here in the podcasts & blogs: the highs and lows, successes and failures, sprinkled with fun, love and laughter, because it makes life just so much brighter.

This is all about sharing those things rather than keeping them to ourselves, listening to “ordinary” women’s stories and relating to them, finding common ground and inspiration.

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