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It’s a title I didn’t ask for, but I wear the crown. Every household needs one, every relationship works because of one and children grow into adequate humans thanks to one - it’s the bad guy. We are the disciplinarians possibly also known as the mean one, the fun police or the one that yells.
But. I’m happy to be the bad guy.
I’m happy to be the bad guy if it means my children learn to respect adults - go on to listen to their teachers, treat their family members kindly and behave for their friends parents.
I’m happy to be the bad guy if it means my children learn to determine reasonable risks - navigating and evaluating what’s actually worth a possibly injury or a broken valuable.
I’m happy to be the bad buy if it means my children learn to understand the importance and expectations around rules - they are there for a reason, especially when you’re only one component of a family with many working parts.
I’m happy to be the bad guy if it means my children learn to do things for themselves - put their washing away, clean off the table, unpack their bags. Initiative and independence are invaluable skills.
I’m happy to be the bad guy if it means my children learn to appreciate the mutual respect required to share a living space - a level of cleanliness, a level of noise awareness, a level of cohesion.
I’m happy to be the bad guy if it means my kids get enough sleep, adequate nutrition and the right amount of sunshine and exercise.
But also, I’m happy that my husband gets to be the good guy. All families need a token good guy. The kids need a fun parent, some space to wind down and someone who doesn’t uphold all the rules all of the time. The good guys gives them chances, gives them choices, gives them a breath.
Balance. There’s a place for the good guy AND the bad guy.
Which one are you?