The Middle Finger-what happened when we encouraged it

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  • Reply Clarissa September 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Haha, what parent honestly WOULDN’T laugh though?! It’s pretty heart-warmingly hilarious when little kids do very adult things and have no idea what the fuss is all about, lol

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 8:54 AM

      Oh my goodness Clarissa! This girl was hurtin’ to put that finger in the air, and it was all because she knew she didn’t have permission.

  • Reply Brittany September 27, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Love everything about this so much! And I think this concept can apply as they get older so well. Things that are forbidden are automatically more interesting! I would much rather be open and honest with my children rather than just force them not to do something

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 8:55 AM

      Oh thank you Brittany, (never really sure how topics like this will be received). You’re right, when they’re told they can’t do something they somehow think it’s because we’re trying to keep them from fun, so they want to do it more.

  • Reply Divya September 27, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Interesting technique! I kinda like it!

    I don’t remember if I was ever fascinated by my OWN middle finger. I DID, however, get a kick out of the fact that my dad used to read and point with his middle finger.

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

      I’m so glad Divya. I’m just trying to lay the foundation that when they’re told not to do something, it’s for a reason, not because I want to keep them from fun.

  • Reply Lisa Keifer September 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    This is great! I remember secretly swearing when not around my parents simply because I was forbidden from doing it. I never really understood what the words meant. I like the idea of taking the temptation away and seeing it all for the silliness it is and teaching why people feel the way they do about it.

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 1:26 PM

      Lisa, I did that same…we thought it was funny & it made us feel grown up. But really, it is just silly.

  • Reply Sierra September 28, 2017 at 1:37 AM

    So funny, and a great lesson for parents and kids alike. I think you’re so right to just let them get it out of their system rather than forbidding things. It teaches rather than punishes.

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 1:28 PM

      Sierra, that exactly right, we forbid as a first reaction, but I think that shocks the kids. Just sitting and having a conversation seemed to be more productive and helped them understand.

  • Reply Heather September 28, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    I love this. I pinned it for help with my little peoples’ big emotions.

    • Reply Jen E. October 4, 2017 at 1:29 PM

      Thanks Heather! I hope it helps, those emotions do get pretty intense.

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