Mums are awesome, I think we can all agree.
But one area where mums (and dads) can really shine is when it comes to disciplining their children. Sure, you can always resort to time outs, taking away privileges and no pocket money but why waste an opportunity for a little imagination?
I’ve heard it said that discipline is not so much about punishment but rather, a method of deterring your child from repeating the bad behaviour. Here’s some awesome ways to ‘deter’ your child that will give you some great stories for their 21st birthday.
If you’re having issues with your kids not cleaning their bedrooms, take matters into your own hands. All you’ll need is a roll of large, opaque garbage bags. While the kids are at school, start bagging everything up. Just leave the essentials in the room like bed and linen.
Here’s the fun part. In order to get their stuff your child will need to buy it back from you. They can do this through doing chores around the house. Put a price on each bag, say $5 or $10 depending on the age of the child and the amount of work they’re doing.
The greatest part is that because you bagged the room up as it was, your kid will have no idea what’s in each bag. $15 could buy them back some toys and games, or it could be the smelly gym gear they left lying on the floor.
Take control of their Facebook account.
I’m a big believer of parents having access to their children’s online activities. Although times will probably change dramatically by the time my kids are old enough for Facebook accounts, I plan on having the passwords to everything.
Obviously this stems from a safety issues but it does have its upsides when it comes to discipline.
For a teenager, what could be worse than mum and dad taking control of their Facebook profile for a day, or a week.
Do with this information what you will but I’m guessing you’ve got some embarrassing baby photos in the archives, some touching lovely words you’d like to share about your partner publicly, or even some comments to leave on their friends pictures. What teenager wouldn’t love that?
Let them think they’ve won.
I recently heard saw this story and loved it so hard.
Basically child A is being a huge shit at the supermarket. He is begging his mother for lollies and chocolates and when she says no, erupts into a stage four meltdown. Child flings himself on to the floor and makes quite the scene.
Mum calmly picks up the chocolate that her child wanted and places it on the pile of shopping. Child A gets up and ceases his tantrum, believing that he has won and will soon be chomping down on that choccy goodness.
Mum pays for the shopping and secures her child into the trolley. She then turns to the little girl who was standing behind her, helping her mother in the queue and hands her the chocolate. “Good behaviour gets rewarded and bad behaviour does not,” she says as she walks away with her son.
Do it yourself.
This is another great idea for parents who are sick and tired of asking their kids to help with the washing up.
Give them a plate, bowl, cup and set of cutlery. Make sure they can tell it apart from the rest of the dishes in the house. Explain to them that no one else is allowed to use their stuff, but that no one else will be washing it up either.