“Children are not listening. I’ve taken away video games, computer and TV. Made Walsh run laps around the backyard this afternoon and clean up after the baby. And they are still being wild and not listening to their Mother. The big guns are coming out — I’ve just got to figure out what those are!”
This was my Facebook status last week when Michael was out of town. The kids were going crazy at home, especially around bedtime, and my little guy was getting into trouble at school. And my normal methods of discipline didn’t seem to be having an impact.
I think part of their craziness is because they haven’t had enough physical activity since it’s been so cold for so many weeks.
I also think they get into a pack mentality and feed off of each other – especially close to bed time. All three of them, even the baby, just get sillier and sillier. They laugh wildly and then start the fake Tae Kwon Do battle in the hallway. And then Rose pulls out the opera singing while she karate chops Walsh in the chest.
Sometimes I think you just need to send them to the basement to let them Battle Royale it out. Obviously not the baby in a free-for-all but the older two are in the same weight class. I can remember wrestling with my older brother and you were exhausted afterward.
I’m not sure why my son just keeps making bad choices at school. He can’t seem to control his reaction to things even knowing he’s going to get in trouble at school and at home.
I have popped a bottom or two (with my hand) but I’m not a big hitter. I don’t think it accomplishes much other than to teach them to hit.
I am liking the running of laps around the backyard. It’s immediate. It runs off energy. It’s something they hate. And it’s easy for me to enforce.
I did it at my mother’s house yesterday. Walsh was playing a little roughly with his cousin so I took out front to the cul-de-sac to run some laps. After five laps around I didn’t have any more problems from him.
I think maybe tired kids are good kids.
What are your favorite methods of discipline when they don’t seem to be getting the message? What do you do to calm them down when they’ve gotten into pack mentality and are being crazy? Do you let them wrestle it out? Are you seeing more discipline issues since they’ve been trapped inside so much? What are your ‘big guns’ of discipline?
Editors Note: Guys, sorry I didn’t post on Friday, I am sick yet again!!! Our family has passed around three rounds of illness over the last five weeks and I’m just so done with being sick!!!