There are plenty of mothers I surround myself with that have this motherhood thing going like a well oiled machine. One particular young lady is the same age as me, but she’s got three children under the age of 7. They are the smartest, most active kids I’ve ever met! They love to play, they love to dance, they love to run, and she lets them do it all within boundaries. She AMAZES me!
But let those little jokers cross the line…she has this LOOK that tells them they better get their acts together. Strike one, baby. Then, if they keep testing her, whether in the proximity or from a long distance, a hand comes out of nowhere and grabs them to pull them back in order. Strike two. Finally, after she has warned them with the look and the grabbing hand, strike three comes along. She starts laughing, clapping and singing the happiest song you would ever hear…except the lyrics cause her children to attempt to bend time and space to go back in time to the point where they should have obeyed.
“[clap, clap] Whoopin’ TIME, whoopin’ TIME [clap, clap]” Repeat 4 x, then commence with belt to butt percussion.
I have adopted this as my own tactic, and it works quite well. I really like the fact that she just doesn’t haul off and smack her children or become unglued and out of control when it’s time to engage in corporal punishment. A couple of good licks get them right back in line, then it’s back to playing within boundaries again for them.
What kind of disciplinary tactics do you use with your current children? If you don’t have any children, what disciplinary creativity are you planning on using? What worked for you when you were growing up?
Harriet is a hilariously joyful married woman who resides in northeast Louisiana with her husband who is a restaurant manager. She works for a local University and along with her husband is the proud parent of a 3 year old son and a 10 year old stepson (who lives in NC).
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