The word authority is derived from the Latin word auctorita, meaning invention, advice, opinion, influence, or command.
At our house, the grown ups are the authority. It’s always been how I imagined being a parent would be. You know… the “because I said so” philosophy”. Now that may sound harsh to some but I have the advantage of seeing it play out over nearly 21 years.
“Because I said so” can be dismissive. Wait… it’s meant to be dismissive. It is said as a means to end a discussion with the speaker being the ultimate authority.
So think of how debilitating it would be without any lead up or prep time.
Wondering what the hell I’m talking about?
This is where “O.K. Mommy” comes into play.
When my girls were little, way before they could talk, at an age where most people think children don’t understand, I believed they were teachable. So I taught them. I taught them about concepts that were larger then them and they grasped those concepts. Not completely, but enough.
You know when they first learn how to walk and they teeter around just happy to be doing something new? It’s also about the time that they start picking up small pieces of lint or string and either putting it in their mouths or offering it to us, their mothers. During this time we find that our sophisticated, articulate self, spends most of it’s day saying things like, “yuck, blecch, we...Read more