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Team Sprad spent Labor Day weekend with the unparallelled, one and only Storm family!
Keath Storm and I have been bro’s since Jr. High and have been wreaking havoc ever since. As a matter of fact when we were single and in our early 20′s Keath was “talking to” a super hot chic named Jodie and I was “talking to” a chic names Angie.
One year later Keath married Angie and I married Jodie!!
Love how God works His magic and makes this stuff work.
Keath and Angie have been on this parenting journey a little longer that Jodie and I, so when Keath is not being a ridiculous, hilarious, idiot we try to sit at their feet and soak up as much parenting wisdom as we can.
A few of the questions we threw at them this weekend was…
- “what age could your boys start dating?”
- “what age did you make them start working?”
- “did you buy your sons car or did you make him buy it”
- “do you have any social media/internet rules for them”
- “was there ever a time that you forced your boys to attend church or youth group”
As we prodded and probed I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for life changing sage-type wisdom.
Keath and Angie (YODA) Storm spoke and I thought I was going to puke!!
I am looking for concrete, executable, change your life parenting wisdom that I can implement today.
Keathley’s sageish, yodaish, change the world advice was simply…
“WE HAVE NO RULES”
He went on to explain that he and Angie stay away from confining, legalistic, easy for “mom & dad” rules and they work very hard to parent their kiddos’ hearts. The more Keath and Angie explained…the more I agreed!
I don’t think, neither do the Storms think, that families should completely do away with rules…
However, I do think that parents should have LESS rules and more heart centered parenting!
10 TIPS TO PARENT YOUR KIDS’ HEART…
- Adapt your parenting to fit your child (reject a one size fits all mentality)
- Make a commitment to hear and understand every angle of your kids’ position
- Avoid making “what’s easy for mom and dad” decisions
- Have a strong understanding of your kids’ weaknesses and areas of potential pitfalls
- Be aware of their strengths
- Treat your child with respect and honor their opinions
- Avoid harsh discipline or verbal rants
- After teaching and fostering independence…implement RULES
- Thoroughly explain your rules and decisions
- Be consistent
What do you think? Should you have LESS or MORE rules for your kiddos?