To Earn Your kid’s Respect, First Respect Yourself!

  • Julian Diaz
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  • May 20, 2017
  • How often have you been approached in conversation by a friend or family member with their arms in the air and frustrated that their kids just don’t respect them?  In my experience this is usually coming from someone wearing a messy bun, three-day fresh yoga pants and lunch’s chip crumbs.  I try to explain the […]

    How often have you been approached in conversation by a friend or family member with their arms in the air and frustrated that their kids just don’t respect them?  In my experience this is usually coming from someone wearing a messy bun, three-day fresh yoga pants and lunch’s chip crumbs.  I try to explain the problem as gently as I can and the fix starts with the adult in the situation.  As always kids are held accountable for their words and actions, but when it comes to commanding respect and authority it holds that the person demanding that respect will hold up their part.  Have you ever been pulled over by a police man in yoga pants?  Have you ever seen a lawyer, doctor or manager with food stains and messy hair?  If you have, then you know exactly what I’m talking about because I’ll wager that your opinion of the fellow was not high either.

    Our kids don’t live in a vacuum.  Every day they encounter numerous people and have a flood of information from the television and internet.  Some of these people we tell them are in charge, such as police men, doctors, teachers and the principle.  We expect these people to command authority through their actions and demeanor.   The secret here is that in order to demand respect from others you must first respect yourself! 

    Dr. David J. Schwartz lays out this situation neatly in his book The Magic of Thinking Big.  This book is designed to help people re-imagine their boundaries so that they can accomplish more in their personal and professional lives.  One of my favorite principles in this book is the idea that you will earn plus or minus ten percent of what you believe your worth.  This is more than just money, when it comes to your kids and marriage the way you see yourself will influence the way you carry yourself, the way you dress, and the way you talk.  This in turn will affect how others perceive you and value what you have to say.

    Appearance

    Appearance is pretty straight forward.  The days of unconditional love from your kid are short and about the time they go to school and begin to see a world outside of your own is when it begins to diminish.  This isn’t a bad thing, we want them to have high and realistic expectations of the world and the people they allow to influence their decision making.  Even a stay at home parent should get out of bed, make the bed, and dress for the day.  Every day!

    By dressing for the day and running an organized home you show your kids that you are serious about your work.  In turn you will be amazed at how much more productive you are because you will feel better prepared for what the day throws at you.  As your kids transition to teenage years and they think heavily on what they are going to do with their own lives this becomes crucial.  At that point, they have a personal image of what their adult selves look like and you don’t want that to be at odds with the family portrait.  If it is you will find them begin to pull away and distance themselves from you.  If their personal image is not one that you like or they need to be more ambitious, then this is your time as parent and mentor to shape and mold that image into something they can set as a goal.

    Language

    If you’re the boss then talk like a boss.  Remember parents, we don’t negotiate with terrorists!  If your kids are throwing temper tantrums and one of the parents has already made an executive decision then stick to it.  There is nothing worse than divided parents when it comes to discipline.  That being said don’t be close minded.  Like any good boss you also have to be open and willing to reevaluate your decision in light of new facts or if it is not achieving your desired response.

    Buy half as many

    Dr. David Schwartz also said, “Spend twice as much and buy half as many.”  I love this quote because it can be applied to the whole situation.  When it comes to your appearance save your money to shop at the higher end stores.  You will be able to shop there only half as often but you will be able to purchase higher quality goods that will look better and last twice as long.  This quote is also about how you speak to your kids.  Don’t be a nag that is after them 24/7 about every single detail in their lives.  If chores are due on Friday then remind them once or twice and drop it.  If they don’t get done they pay the consequence in your discipline system.  If you save your words for the truly important things then they will be twice the quality and carry twice the weight!  Furthermore, they will actually hear them instead of tuning out the back-ground noise.

    Please share this post and your own thoughts and experiences below!  Stay dapper my friends!

    What do Kids Need According to Maslow?

  • Julian Diaz
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  • May 9, 2017
  • When it comes to what kids need there is a mountain of information on the web.  Generally, this information always boils down to what the other guy is trying to sell you.  Nothing to sell here friends, just a discussion about the differences between needs and wants.  This applies to the modern adult just as […]

    When it comes to what kids need there is a mountain of information on the web.  Generally, this information always boils down to what the other guy is trying to sell you.  Nothing to sell here friends, just a discussion about the differences between needs and wants.  This applies to the modern adult just as much as to our kids, so if you have a needy spouse or girlfriend you may want to listen up also.

    Abraham Maslow was a New Yorker who published his famous psychology work in the 1940s at the University of Wisconsin.  This work formed the bases of motivational research and was later refined at the New York’s Brooklyn College.  Maslow believed each of us makes decisions on any given day based upon fulfillment of what we perceive as needs.  These needs can be lumped into the five basic categories of physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.  Maslow stacked the categories as a pyramid with the idea that humans will usually not reach for the next pyramid level without first securing the bottom and more primal need. 

    Physiology Needs

    Physiological needs are those things that a human requires for survival.  If these basic needs of shelter, clothing, and food cannot be met the human body cannot function properly.  This means nourishment and not candy or cupcakes as my kids try to convince me of.  Never withhold the food and water needed for survival but the snacks can absolutely be used as leverage for that laundry basket or dish pile.

    Safety Needs

    After a person satisfies their physiological needs they will focus on their immediate safety.  This level of the pyramid ranks higher with children as they generally have a greater need to reassurance and safety.  Consistency in your disciplining is what’s important here.  If you spank your children, which has its place, be certain it is to prove a point and never to vent your frustrations.  Make it clean and efficient and never make the child fear for their safety, this includes verbal abuse and threats upon their safety.

    Social Belonging

    Here the lines of Maslow’s hierarchy blur because kids will at times cling to the most abusive of parents out of a need to feel love and family.  The need is so strong that in large scale crisis like war and natural disasters people will willingly place themselves in harm’s way or give up water so that their family can survive.  Again, never withhold this from your children.  No matter how frustrated you are make certain they know they are still loved.  Knowing this I have very adult conversations with my kids at times.  I explain to them how their actions and words can poison our relationship now and into the future.  They understand and take these discussions well, in fact they appreciate being treated as an adult to some extent.

    Esteem

    We all need to feel respected by ourselves and by others.  What that means to you and your children depends on what you place significance on.  Does respect mean a thousand Instagram followers or five hundred tweets a week? Or does it mean a steady job and concrete family life?  Here you will compete for your children’s attention with the world of television and internet.  I am open with my children about what it takes to run a household and I have discussions with them about top engineers, scientists and military minds of our world.  They will make the choices themselves at some point.

    Self-actualization

    Maslow believed at this level a person strives to achieve everything that one can, to become the most that one can be.  What that means to the individual depends on what they value most.  This is a time that focus can be placed on their dreams and aspirations in life.

    The hierarchy of needs is an excellent model for understanding what drives decision making in yourself, your co-workers, children and spouse.  Your kids are simply not going to give a damn about that math homework or cleaning their rooms if they are hungry or don’t feel safe.  This is evident in abused children and the break down in behavior that gets worse at school or in the home.  Until they feel their safety met they will focus on that to the exclusion of all else.  Understanding what motivates people can be used effectively to teach and to avoid conflict.

    In my household, I tell my kids they will never have to worry about their needs, wants however, they will have to earn.  Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that some of you reading this are struggling to fulfill some of these needs such as shelter and food.  You are not alone, in fact it is how I grew up and it can still be done.  You’ll be surprised what children can endure if you are open and honest about the situation and they see you struggling on their behalf.  If you can fulfill these needs don’t use them as punishments in your household, this threads the line on emotional and physical abuse and your children will resent you for it.  Instead fulfill these needs by providing food, water and shelter that is sufficient but doesn’t have to be luxury.  Once these needs are met a person, even a little person’s, next step is to look for those esteem and self-actualization goals.  Here is where we make our money as parents!

    By overseeing what our kids have access to in the arena of esteem and self-actualization we can provide them with healthy options.  The worst and most prevalent of America’s youth making the wrong choices in this category come with our need for consumption.  The “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality of buying our way to happiness. This is a dangerous thing to teach our kids because eventually we consume our resources and fall right back to the bottom of the pyramid, struggling to pay a mortgage for shelter and grocery bill for food.  It’s a cycle that is repeated daily in this country and must be addressed by redefining fulfillment and happiness to our youth.

    Is Chivalry Dead?

  • Julian Diaz
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  • May 7, 2017
  • I heard that chivalry was dead, but I think it’s just got a bad flue.” – Meg Ryan                   Is chivalry dead? This quote fell in line with my blog earlier this week and struck a chord.  Today’s society blurs the lines of chivalry with many people mistaking […]

    I heard that chivalry was dead, but I think it’s just got a bad flue.” – Meg Ryan

     

                    Is chivalry dead? This quote fell in line with my blog earlier this week and struck a chord.  Today’s society blurs the lines of chivalry with many people mistaking it for misogyny, which is a dislike or prejudice against women.  The virtues and ideals of chivalry stand regardless of who you are with or their gender.  If more people adopted these attitudes we could get back to a society where common decency is much more common again.

                    What are your thoughts on the subject?  Below comment with what thoughts this quote inspires for you or a story from your past of tried and failed chivalry.

    Chivalry Today… Where do Men Stand in an Age of Equality?

  • Julian Diaz
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  • May 5, 2017
  • In an age of equality where do men stand on chivalry? Do men even know what chivalry is anymore?  According to my trusted old Oxford Dictionary chivalry is the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code.  It is also courteous behavior, especially that of a man towards woman.  There it is, spelled out […]

    In an age of equality where do men stand on chivalry? Do men even know what chivalry is anymore?  According to my trusted old Oxford Dictionary chivalry is the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code.  It is also courteous behavior, especially that of a man towards woman.  There it is, spelled out in the definition to be a chivalrous man you must confront the age long dilemma of how to properly deal with the opposite sex.

    Many men, and woman for that matter, view the woman activist’s role as the extreme.  Like a Hitler without the mustache (sometimes with…) and fighting for good.  When in truth the equality they seek is in intellectual capacity and not trying to beat your dead lift record, so relax Rex your cut-off T’s are safe.  There is nothing wrong with opening a door for a woman, taking the outside of the walkway, giving her your coat and making sure she gets home safely.  Men evolved for these purposes and your mate will adore the royal treatment.  If she doesn’t appreciate a simple gesture of kindness and chivalry it ultimately has nothing to do with equality, that person is just a jerk.  There I said it, yes woman can be dicks too, equal rights and all that makes it their prerogative.

    At a deeper sense the ideals of chivalry are still a way of life.  The basic principles include:

    1. Truth – Truth comes down to trust. A man must build a reputation to live or die by with his words and more importantly his actions.  My favorite is when a guy says something like “If he says anything to you I’m going to punch him in the face!”.  No you’re not! Seriously it would have to be something very serious to demand that kind of retaliation for mere words so don’t say it in the first place.  The only outcome is you lose face in front of your friends and mate if and when your words are tested.
    2. Loyalty – Loyalty is proven at different junctures of a relationship. This loyalty includes the obvious like not cheating, but also the less obvious like not talking badly of your mate.  The little things add up on this one.
    3. Courtesy – This one is also in trouble with today’s society. Often I see people who are bullies and get their way being championed in our society, but if you take a step back and observe, these individuals rarely maintain their good fortunes.  When riches and relationships are built on less than ideal foundations they will tumble at the first storm.  Remember, treat others as you would like to be treated until they prove themselves undeserving.
    4. Justice – Justice is having the conviction to do the right thing and to show mercy when called for. There are few things less manly than jumping in the middle of the latest drama.  Tread above those trivial things of daily life and don’t be so harsh to judge others in circumstances you know nothing about.
    5. Defending the Weak – For me this one is obvious as I have devoted my adult life thus far to Law Enforcement and Soldiering. However, that is not the only way, simply my way of upholding this virtue.  One of the greatest acts of bravery I’ve ever seen was done by a ten-year-old girl.  I was in South Korea and came upon a large and mildly physical protest.  At that time school bells rang and children poured out of a nearby elementary.  I saw this ten-year-old girl sprinting up from behind the children thinking she was going to stop them from entering the fray.  Instead she went passed them and into the grown men yelling at them and pointing at the children.  To my astonishment these angry grown men split factions across the street and allowed the children to pass out of sight before renewing their argument!  That was courage and righteousness in its purest form.  She was in the right and she knew it.  Look around today and ask yourself who in your family, apartment building or work area needs an ally and take up your banner!

    Stop Sibling Bickering, my Attack Plan!

  • Julian Diaz
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  • May 2, 2017
  • As I enjoy a coffee and listen to Frank Sinatra on a mid afternoon I am struck by how quite it is.  If you have more than one child in your home then chances are they fight.  ALL THE TIME!  It’s enough to bring out the Barbarian in any of us and ruin the most […]

    As I enjoy a coffee and listen to Frank Sinatra on a mid afternoon I am struck by how quite it is.  If you have more than one child in your home then chances are they fight.  ALL THE TIME!  It’s enough to bring out the Barbarian in any of us and ruin the most well planned family outings.  If they don’t then please tell me what your using to sedate them…  The rest of us must rely on more creative ways of solving the issue.

    First off, we must identify the cause of the bickering.  Often this can present itself at the start because of differences in opinion and personalities.  As adults we get to pick and choose who we spend our time with, but children are stuck with whoever is under the same roof.  Once the bickering begins it can take deep root in your children’s behavior through your acceptance and grow into habit.  If your reading this article I suppose like me you are far into the stage of habit.  My kids bicker over absolutely nothing and when I ask what they’re arguing about they have one or two complaints that after some simple questioning leads back to “nothing”.  Its enough to drive a Buddhist monk insane!

    If this sounds familiar don’t throw in the towel yet.  We have a plan.  There are many discipline systems out there and in our house, I use a simple allowance in poker chips system.  I will cover it in detail on another post, but essentially I pay them an allowance at the beginning of the week in poker chips and they keep it or lose it throughout the week by behavior and chores.  At the end, they get to cash out what they have left and discuss why they lost it.  At the same time if they did well this is a great opportunity to give them a pat on the back.  It’s worked for a long time, but like any system it has become routine and complacency has set in.  I’ve lost the WOW! factor in our punishments and we need to shake up the house a bit.  Peter Drucker said it best when he said, “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.”

    These are turbulent times in your kid’s lives and they need a leader to help guide them through.  My program will attack the problem from many sides, some new and some proven methods in our household.  My air and ground campaign will include:

    1. Identify the cause of the bickering.
    2. They must have sanctuary places from each other when appropriate.
    3. Outline a punishment and reward system and be consistent! A system breaks down the moment you become inconsistent and they don’t know what to expect next.
    4. Give them the attention the crave so badly that they act out for it, but do so on your terms and not theirs.
    5. Don’t participate in the blame games and join in on the argument.
    6. Identify team building exercises to promote healthy dialogue. Its ok here if you are the “enemy” and they must band together to avoid your wrath!

     

     

    Sanctuary

    The reason most kids fight is boredom and habit as we said before.  Usually one of them wants to play a game the other doesn’t or wants to chill while the other wants to blow off steam.  Lately the perpetrator here in our house has been my daughter.  Yes, the sweet and adorable little angel of mine has a mean streak.  When she gets bored she will start poking at her brother, either little insults or literally poking.  In this case as a pre-teen he needs his own space.  In our home he can go to his room, which his sister is not allowed in or he can ask for exclusive use of the play room, which we allow for an hour or two at a time.  On the other hand, if he is the one being physical she knows she can do the same to get a reprieve.

    Punishment

    This one will be a new addition in our home.  As I stated before, we have a pretty sophisticated reward system in place that needs some tuning.  I’m going to keep that system and add to it poker chips with the things they get grounded from.  I will hang a board and call it the “wall of regrets” because I’m a smart ass and its funny.  Here they can hang a chip for all their beloved video games, tablets, cell phone, Netflix and snack.  These are things that I already stress to my kids as wants and not needs.  It is a clear distinction to make to young ones that they will never have to fear losing the things they need from me such as food, shelter, safety, warmth and love.  These are freely given, but the things they want they must earn through chores and behavior.  I will use this new wall of regret as an attention grabber to undesirable behavior.

    The normal groundings still apply if a behavior is bad enough they will lose video games for a week or two, but for the bickering they may lose it for an hour and then take it back.  This will be the attention grabber before they leap off a cliff with their loose mouths.  The reason this poker chip system works so well is that it forces them to disengage.  They have to physically get up and retrieve the chip.  By the time they sit back down their little brains have the chance to reengage and they will often move on.  This is something that many adults have problems with too…

    Attention

    The key to giving your kids the attention they want is to do it on your terms.  Both of my children act out in different ways to get attention and this may be aggravated in my home because I spent so many years traveling in the military.  Now that I am home for good they seem to be trying to connect and to be honest I’m struggling with how to best do that myself.  For the first time in our lives I don’t have a month or year long absence on the calendar. So, I plan to provide my daughter a daddy-daughter date at least once a week.  This doesn’t have to be anything formal, maybe pancakes Saturday morning or a picnic Wednesday afternoon.  My schedule at work varies with what we are training, but time can be made with a little effort on your part.  For my son I will give him time as well, but maybe an hour of his video games, YouTube silly videos or a hike.  It’s important here to do something they want to do and not force them to watch football and call it “quality” time unless that’s what they are genuinely into.

    For younger kids I really love Jordan’s idea from her www.funcheaporfree.com blog.  In this video she outlines an amazing program they designed to fit their five kids, all of which are under the age of 6!

    Avoid Participating

    Too often, parents forget in the heat of the moment that they are the adult!  You can not engage your kids in these battles of wit and attention seeking behavior.  I am not one to say that there is never a cause for a spanking, but too often I’ve seen parents that spank their kids to vent their frustrations on them.  There is a point where there is no longer a lesson being taught and you are simply being the bully.  I stopped spanking my son early on because he took it as a challenge and I was engaging in his anger.  Me spanking him was feeding the fire whereas with my daughter the occasional spanking and threat of one often kept her in line.  Now that they are older both have mostly out grown the usefulness of the threat.  This is a dangerous line to draw and although I do spank my kids I do not rule my house with fear.

    Team building

    Now here is where the fun begins!  For as long as it takes to get them in line they will be performing “team building” exercises.  As a veteran of these great United States I consider myself well versed in how diabolical these can get LOL! This weekend they will be setting up our tents, cleaning them and taking them back down.  This is a task that is impossible to do alone at their sizes and will require work.  If you don’t supervise this will create more bickering opportunities, but supervised they will be forced to work together and use constructive dialogue.  Looking forward to this one!  I think I will enjoy it from a shaded tree with a good, cold beer 😊