I found this awesome article on CNN.com about quirky discipline ideas. Y’all know I’m a quirky kinda gal, so I was interested right away. It’s a good article. My favorite part is this:
You can’t be in the room when I’m working unless you work, too
Goal: Get your child to help, or stop bugging you, while you do chores
might seem odd, but I don’t mind doing laundry, cleaning floors, or
really any kind of housework. But I do mind my kids, oblivious to the
fact that my arms are full of their underwear, asking me to find their
missing doll shoe or do a puzzle with them. Until recently, this was a
source of great frustration, especially when our household grew to five
kids when my husband, Taylor, and I became temporary foster parents for
two months. I tried to explain to my expanded brood that if they helped
me fold laundry, we could do something together sooner. But they knew
I’d be available anyway if I finished folding myself, so the argument
wasn’t compelling. And then one day, as my oldest foster daughter sat
and watched me work, asking me favors and waiting for me to be done, I
came up with a rule that takes into account two important facts about
• They actually want to be with you as much as possible.
• You can’t force them to help you in any way that is truly helpful.
played fact one against fact two and told her that she didn’t have to
help me but couldn’t just sit and watch. She had to go elsewhere. Given
a choice between being with me and folding laundry or not being with me
at all, she took option one.
Go read the rest, it’s great.