Banana Moments Andecdote: Who is in charge of your behavior?

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Banana Moments Anecdote

Photo: spilltojill (Flickr)

When my son was very young, perhaps five years old, I asked him, “Who is responsible for your behavior?”

He thought about it for a moment.

“You are!” he declared, quite confident that he was correct—after all, this is what he believed.

“No,” I responded, “You are in charge of Your behavior. However, I am the one who is responsible for the consequences for your good and poor choices.”

At that moment, we were both liberated.


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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.