A Padawan is an apprentice who learns how to use the Force from a Jedi master. The Star Wars Clone Wars animation is coming out in August, and Kyle and I started reading a children’s book which tells the story. It’s perfect timing for me to work on my new parenting focus of teaching Kyle good behavior.
After reading the first couple of chapters, I came up with the idea that Kyle is my Padawan, and I am his Master. Taken straight from the book (it’s great that Annakin is his role model who must learn to control his emotions because we know what happened to him…), I can now remind Kyle that it’s a privilege for him to be learning the ways of the Force (rules and manners), and that it’s his duty to practice to be good at it and to respect me as well. I’ve also told him that a Padawan’s job is to shadow and mimic his Master’s moves, but he can also help me by being mindful of appropriate behavior. For instance, sometimes I get tired and cranky and might snap at him. That’s not behavior becoming of a true Master.
We’ve been talking a lot about how to work through his tantrums. They’re so exhausting! I already told him next time he gets upset, I’m going to ride it out. All he gets is my hair (it calms him to touch my hair).
May the Force be with us during our training!