I feel like parenthood is the biggest guessing game on the planet. You raise these kids with the best intentions, but sometimes -- most of the time -- they choose to be monsters and you have to find a way to discipline them that works. You can read books, get advice from mentored, watch Nanny 911 on Netflix... But at the end of the day you're still guessing what's going to work for your child. What is going to make him/her realize they can never EVER do it again. Whatever "it" may be.
Zoe is 5 years old. She's still really young, but she is getting to the age where she knows certain things are wrong. Like coloring on walls, doors, furniture ... for example. In one day the girl colored more murals than Leonardo da Vinci. She decided to be rebellious and she was rebellious big time!
When asked why she colored on her door, the wall, and on furniture, she simply responded that she wanted the house to be beautiful.
One day she is going to be an amazing artist and I'm going to be proud of her. I will look back on this and probably laugh and shake my head. But I can't let her think that this is ok -- because it isn't! So Paul had to find a punishment that made her realize what she did was wrong without crushing her artistic spirit.
Zoe is on her very first restriction. No TV, no iPad, no technology of any kind ... for 5 days.
I love my husband, I really do, but I think he hates me. Just kidding.
Maybe this restriction will be good for allow us. The boys aren't grounded from TV, but they haven't noticed it is off. They have been playing really well together using their imagination and just playing in the living room with toys, pillows, and blankets.
Kids are fun, aren't they? You have a craft basket with crayons, markers, paints, and plenty of paper, and they choose to use the walls instead. I can't win.
Is it Saturday yet?