How old are your kids? What are you asking of them? If you really have concerns then maybe it is time to rethink your expectations. Think about the things that are really important and the things that you can learn to let slide a little bit. Try to find time for fun and games, too, so it isn't always just about chores and good behavior. I definitely think it is important to have high expectations of your kids, but also realistic expectations, and then it is really key to set your kids up to succeed. For example, I expect my daughter to act appropriately at dinners out, but I also know better than to take her to a two hour meal at a restaurant that is not kid friendly and at an hour past her normal meal time. She will be hungry, cranky, and she will get bored so how could I expect her to act right? We have to set the expectation and help them meet it. But we all do the best we can so don't be too hard on yourself either.
at 11:04 AM on Sep. 1, 2010