Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Naughty boys and creative discipline

Sauce and Rufus play well together, but occasionally they fight (as all siblings do). Well, instead of yelling at them, I took the advice of my friend who suggested a time-out that took some effort. So whenever I hear them arguing, I call them into the kitchen calmly and hand them each a penny. They need to hold the penny between their nose and the wall for the duration of their time-out (anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes) and if I hear the penny drop, their time starts over. Unfortunately, it backfired on me a little bit and Hunter came into the room and asked if he could try too. I handed him a penny and he joined his giggly brothers in the new contest. My job now is to find an amount of time that actually feels like a consequence to them. At the very least, they are distracted from whatever they were fighting about!!!

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5 comments:

  1. That's a great timeout. When I worked with Emotional/Behavioral Disorder Kids, I saw stuff like that all the time. Its amazing how effective time lost can serve as a punishment. Sometimes all the offending student had to do was sit at a certain desk with his head down. But they hated it! That's the key, give it some stigma, so Brendan won't want to join in! Love you all.
    Jeff

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  2. When this is all said and done you are going to need a good 409 cleaner for your white walls. Looks like fun, can we do it with them!!

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  3. We do the nose on the wall thing but without the penny. A little over a year ago it was getting a little too easy for them to "do the time", so we upped it by making them hold their arms out perpendicular to their bodies. I wait until the shreeks are at a certain decibel level before they can be released. Interestingly Malia can outlast her older sister by quite a bit!

    Leslie o' Bend

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  4. Great idea Laurie! I may just try that with our two boys! And yes, boys/siblings do argue with each other.

    Love ya Tons - KK

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  5. You tried it! :) I do think the best part is that they are laughing by the end...and hopefully sorry for the arguing. Cute pics.
    a.

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