Mmm, this post really hit home with me. And when I say it hit home, I mean I felt like she read my mind and typed out what I was thinking better than I could've expressed myself.
You see, I tend to err on the strict side as well. Mainly because I figure it's easier to give more privileges and responsibility than to take them away after they have been experienced. Kind of like, you don't know what you're missing until it's gone. If you've never had it, you don't know you're missing out.
Honestly, this is something I've been thinking about for a few weeks. Why do I say "no" so much? I don't want to say "no". I also don't want to have discipline and obedience problems. I want Sam to have fun, to learn and to be obedient and disciplined. Some days are easier, that's for sure. I think at the root of this is my desire to keep some type of control. I do not want to have kids who are out of control.
Anybody else struggle with this?