We all know that parenting can be a challenge, especially on those days when the whole house seems to be falling down around your ears and the kids pick that day to have a bad attitude. That has happened to me, (and them) on more than one occasion so I did some thinking. I needed a plan for just those type of days because I'm not very good at making up punishments on the fly and I certainly don't want to start a punishment chart. What a pain.
Well, lo and behold, I found a really neat way to get the kids in check quickly and it works with any child who knows how to spend money. Even a 3 year old will understand that he'd better get his act together or he's going to be broke!
When one of my children cops an attitude I have him pay me money for that behavior.
For example, today one of my children, I won't name who, got all huffy throwing his hands in the air and whining, "What! I have to do math today! This is ridiculous!!" I put out my hand, he left the room and came back with $1. That's the price for rudeness, whining or disobedience just in case you don't know....One dollar! After that we had a little heart to heart to get to the bottom of his feelings and honestly I think he was just hungry! LOL He did fine after a banana.
Here's what has happened though, I actually look forward to times when my children decide to act up and disobey me. I think, "Yay! I'm 1/4 of the way to a Starbucks Latte!"
Oh it works so well!
It occurred to me today that maybe I'm not supposed to feel good about taking my kids' money.
Is that bad? Just wondering.