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This is a recipe that my four year old daughter absolutely loves. I call them treats because, although they are like cookies, they are not sweet, so if you want them sweeter, add up to 2 cups of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup that I use. They are a healthy alternative to cookies and other prepackaged snack foods. I made them tonight and my daughter gobbled up 3 of them.
As the pictures show, I use mostly organic ingredients.
Here are the ingredients I use:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Then stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
Mix in the oats, one cup at a time.
Roll rounded teaspoon sized balls of dough and place on greased cookie sheet about two inches apart.
Flatten each treat with a fork.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Allow treats to cool for approximately 5 minutes and then enjoy!
So it’s Sunday morning, the morning of my daughter’s 4th birthday party, and I’m up way too early. At the bright time of 6:40, I was awoken by my daughter, Oliver (our older cat), and Lily (our new kitten), who all decided to come into our bedroom. “I have to go to the bathroom,” my daughter whispers to me. I glance over at Daddy, and he is still fast asleep. I distinctly remember asking him if he cleaned the litter box before he went to bed when he slinked into our bedroom at about 12:30 last night and his response was, “Yes.” I’m hoping that was true.
We head into the bathroom and I try to get the cats out, but my daughter declares, “No, I want them in here!” I oblige and look around the room at the absurd scene. In this small bathroom, I stand with two cats rubbing against my legs, waiting for their morning feeding as my daughter takes her time.
As we head downstairs, I start to think about the party in a few short hours. Planning a party for small children is nothing like I thought it would be. We invited all 22 children from my daughter’s class and the RSVP process has been less than desirable. Never in my life have I witnessed such indecision. Over the last few weeks I was flooded with phone calls and emails. This child was going to attend. Then she wasn’t. Then she was. Then someone RSVP’d late. The woman I hired to run the activities was MIA for most of the week and she just had to have all of the names of the children who would be in attendance. I was forced to leave message after message for her with the updates. This child canceled, but this one is now coming. It felt like the messages would never end. Even this morning, I received an email that one child will not be coming in a few short hours.
As the four of us head downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast, I peek in the bathroom at the litter box. He didn’t clean it last night. Wonderful, I think to myself, just another task on my list of things to do this morning.
I decide to give myself a few minutes of “me time” and search online for that nail polish I’ve been coveting for the last week. I deserve it, I think to myself, as I press, “Add to Cart”. I feel a little better knowing that I have given myself this treat and realize that it’s still important to take care of myself amidst the chaos of being a mother.
And for the record, Daddy says he cleaned the litter box last night.
I admit that my daughter is quite willful and tests our patience often. It made me wonder if all parents experience moments that we do where we think, “This could be so much easier if she would just listen.” There is no doubt that my daughter is strong willed, but I wanted to see what the experts have to say about giving children choices and disciplining when they don’t listen.
Robert MacKenzie has a book titled Setting Limits with Your Strong Willed Child. In an article on babycenter.com called “Eight Discipline Experts Reveal Their Secrets,” he claims that “having soft limits and ignoring or overlooking misbehaviors” is one of the cardinal sins that parents commit. In the article, he states, “Don’t do for kids what they can do for themselves,” as his discipline philosophy.
This seems like sound advice, but it is quite challenging to stay consistent with limits. We have enacted the time out, which worked for a little while until she started to not care about being in time out. We then realized that there need to be consequences for getting time out, especially when we learned that she was going in time out at preschool. Now, if she goes in time out, at home or at preschool, she cannot watch any television for the day. This has been pretty successful.
Of course expert, Jane Nelsen, an advocate of Positive Discipline would not approve of this technique. In the same article, when asked what type of discipline she would like to see banished, she states, “Every form of punishment.” She then goes on to address the parents with the question, “How would adults like it if they were told to go sit in a naughty chair when they made a mistake?”
These experts have really got me thinking about my own discipline techniques and wondering if I am doing the right thing. I certainly want to figure this out before my daughter reaches her teenage years.
Another expert featured in the article, Devra Renner, also feels that time outs should be banished because they are “utilized incorrectly and under the wrong circumstances.” I could definitely agree with this statement as I’ve found myself threatening a time out when I maybe didn’t need to do so. Sometimes it’s the easy fall back when my daughter misbehaves.
It seems that many of these experts are advocating for positivity and connection rather than straight discipline. Actually, I find two schools of thought on the issue. One is having clear boundaries and consequences and the other is positive discipline. Maybe the key is in determining what is worthy of punishment as Sal Severe says in the article, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Possibly the best bit of advice I found in this article was from Linda Sonna, who tells parents, “The word discipline comes from the word disciple. Parents need to do their duty by serving as loving teachers and guides to their little disciples.”
I suppose a balance of both positive discipline and boundary setting might just be the way to go. As Sonna states, “fitting the method of discipline to the child,” is definitely important. After all, there is no one size fits all to disciplining your child or parenting, for that matter.