My latest article for the Huffington Post "Being Out and About As a Family" offers suggestions on how to be more conscious of your family's behavior when you are out in the world. Here are my tips:
It is very refreshing to wake up each day and be a family as you like. Being in your own space gives you a certain freedom to live out loud. Sometimes, what works for your family on a day-to-day basis at home may not work outside when interacting with others.
In your private space, you get to do what you want to do. However, we have to rein in some of the behavior that is not acceptable in public. The message behind this is that we all need to be more aware of others and more conscious of the actions of our family. Here are some things to consider when being out and about in the world as a family.
Parenting Is Like the Climate
Parenting is like the climate -- you have to be mindful of how much pollution you put into the air. In your home, you must be aware of your children's behavior. When there is a conscious way of behaving at home, you will treat others better outside.
Not Everything You Do at Home Is Going to Be Accepted By the Outside World
Parents who are driving while their kids are acting up in the back seat are not paying proper attention to the road. When parents are put into a situation behind the wheel which requires their focus, they may not react in time. When you are being conscious of your children's behavior at home, you will do it in everything else -- how you drive, how you treat people, etc.