I’m not good at punishment when it has to go beyond “the look” and a stern voice. I run out of ideas. You’d think I wouldn’t.
And I guess I don’t but I think of the consequences of the punishment of my kids and if I think it will also punish me, I generally refrain. Which leaves me with few options.
Recently, my daughter was being a pill. (This is a 1960’s way of saying pain in the butt except not as scarring.) We had recently gone school shopping. She is fashion conscious (unsure how she developed THAT particular trait.) She had really cute clothes. And new shoes. And a mood ring. And a fuzzy diary.
I told her I was going to take it all back. She changed her attitude immediately.
Which is good because after I said that, I realized I wasn’t going to take it all back. It had all been on sale. Huge sale. All of the clothes were at least 40% off. Her Converse All Stars were $9. I got her a black cardigan for $5. Her mood ring was buy one get one free so I’d have to take back MY matching panda mood ring too.
If I took these clothes back, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t find the same deals. Even different brands would’ve been more. And I’m hoping the fuzzy diary with the pen with a dangling heart I got for $4 will encourage her to write. (Probably with a different pen because cute pens rarely have much ink.)
BUT I have kept the clothes in my room and she can’t wear them yet. SO THERE. (That’s mostly because they’re fall/winter clothes and it’s 90 outside, but still. I think there’s some principle there.)