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5 August, 2010

This summer, as word spreads about the amazing, almost hard to describe results parents who are using the Parenting On Track™ program are experiencing, more and more folks are contacting us asking us one simple question

How do I know if Parenting On Track™ is right for me and my family? To make things simple, here is my list of the Top 10 Reasons to “PonTify” your family.

    10. You are still helping your 5 year old get dressed in the morning, and that includes throwing his clothes in the dryer, so he will get dressed without throwing a tantrum or laying them out for her in the morning.

    You make 3 different meals at dinner, because your children are picky, picky, picky.

    You pack extra….yes, extra everything! Just in case.

    You snap, point and stomp. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the “hairy eyeball” face to get your kids to listen to you.

    6. You keep telling your kids they have to be nice to each other and stop fighting. You tell them repeatedly – “The Morgans Do Not Fight!!!” And still they bicker and pick and fight every single day.

    5. You run to your three-year old when she cries (and she cries about everything), because if you don’t run to make things better, she will make you pay for the rest of your day!

    4. You say “Good Job!” at least once every day.

    3. When your child says, “I’m bored”, you think it’s your problem.

    2. You have never considered that a 13 year old absolutely, will not, under any conditions, sit in the naughty chair. If you had, you wouldn’t be sending your three-year old to the naughty chair.

    You spend more time doing laundry, picking up toys, packing lunches, emptying back packs, checking homework, monitoring the computer, shutting down cell phones, checking on whereabouts, returning late library books…..than visiting with your children.

If you said “yup, that’s me” to any or all of the above, then maybe it’s time for you to consider a new way of parenting. After all, parenting is supposed to be about raising the next generation of leaders and less about getting through another disastrous morning.

And really when you dreamed of having children, was your dream filled with micro-managing their lives or was the dream about the strong bond, the deep connection, and the richness parent/child relationship would bring to your life?

  1. Slawebb says:

    On a happy note, I think I only do 2 1/2 okay maybe 3 1/2 of these. But really I do need to pack extra for the baby. 🙂

    That’s much better than 3 years ago when it was probably 10 out of 10! Yeah for PonT!

  2. Michele Clark says:

    This is a pithy and excellent list. There is no apostrophe after Morgan’s – it’s a plural, not a possessive, should be: Morgans.

  3. JenniferNault says:

    Thanks Michele for the correction! We do our best to proof/edit these posts and it’s great to know folks are reading them closely!!

  4. christine says:

    ah, yes. after doing a good 9 mos of PonT, I will admit to still doing a few of these. the HUGE difference is that now I know it’s MY problem that I do them, and mine to change, as opposed to waiting for them to….what? “outgrow” their current phase? somehow learn to behave in ways that I have not taught them? get sprinkled w/ fairy dust in their sleep and become angels?
    I am still not a perfect mom (thank god!), but I am so much more engaged w/ my family and aware of my own crap. (pardon me). PonT is not a gimmick or a technique or a “cure.” It’s deep work that changes how I am in the world.
    thank you!

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