Recently I read a blog post by Eric Sammons about suffering and self-denial and teaching our kids the same.
In the post, Eric writes
Countless times I have seen parents employ what I call the “switcheroo” method of parenting; by this I mean that if they want to deny their child something he or she wants, they simply switch that item with something else the child wants. “Johnny, you can’t play with that knife, but here play with this remote control instead.” In order to prevent the child from a negative reaction (i.e. screaming his head off), the parent avoids this by immediately satisfying the child’s desires in another way.
Eric thinks that by employing the “switcheroo”, we are missing opportunities to teach our kids valuable lessons about self-denial.
I agree with Eric. However, there are times when employing the “switcheroo” is not only helpful but necessary…for example, during Mass!
What about you… do you “switcheroo”?