Tuesday, October 7, 2008

ohhhhhh really???

Are Your Children Spoiled?
WebMD Feature from Oprah.com

Children aren't born spoiled. Get the 10 signs your children are brats and what you can do to set them straight. No child is born spoiled or a brat--it's only indulgent parenting can make them that way, Oprah & Friends Radio host Rabbi Shmuley says.

"Naturally, children are innocent and have a cuteness which makes people's hearts warm to them and helps bring out our best qualities," he says. "When we raise kids who are spoiled, we snuff out the child's natural attractiveness."

If you are guilty of spoiling your children, Rabbi Shmuley says chances are, you have brats on your hands.

10 Signs Your Children Are Brats:
They resort to crying or yelling when they want something.
Mine do this

They throw themselves on floor and won't get up.
This too

They constantly throw tantrums or even hit you when you punish them.
Lots of tantrums but rarely hit.

They ignore you when you ask a question.
OH yeah!

They are rude to other adults and even to other children.
Nope - they are usually really polite to other outside the immediate family surprisingly.

They refuse to share toys or treats with other children.
eh, sometimes.

They are show-offs and are constantly trying to one-up their peers to be the center of attention.
eh, sometimes.

They always want whatever everyone else has. Once they have it, they want something new.
Isn't this every kid really?

They keep a messy room and never help out around the house despite your pleas for them to do so.
...until I beat their as... oh wait, mom are you reading? Ummm, they clean their room with a smile :)

They refuse to go to bed.
Once again, don't all children do this?

They also gave tips on what to do if you children are brats - eh, whatever. It was common sense - reward good behavior, blah blah blah. Honestly - who can say that their children don't do a lot of what is on that list at least once in a while?

Besides - I already knew my kids were brats - my babysitter told me so! :)