I originally thought that the hardest area about being a parent would be over once all of our children were no longer toddlers.
But as they slowly transitioned into kids—one by one—I suddenly realized that our hardest days as a father lie ahead.
You tell your child or daughter to not do something, only for them to spite you the hour they get a chance. I had to learn ways of navigating their reactions and what they were anticipating from me, and in a sense use “reverse psychology” to get them to conform to our rules. More often than not I suppose savor I’m talking to a brick wall. I tell them recognizably that they are not allowed to adjust the temperature control for the central heating and cooling system. My wife and I are the ones who control the indoor temperature at home; otherwise the air conditioner unit would be left on at 66 degrees and we’d come home to a fried Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C system. In the Winter our kids would have the heat up so high that our propane bill would be outrageous! The two of us gave up on scolding them and finally purchased a plastic lockbox to put over the temperature control for the central Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C system. Somedays I wonder where I went wrong as a parent to need a lockbox over the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C temperature control, however the pragmatic side of our brain doesn’t care what it takes to maintain our energy budget. Hopefully it will program them into avoiding the urge to adjust the temperature if they go so several weeks or years without having the chance. Perhaps at some point every one of us won’t need a lockbox on the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C temperature control.