Parents: what is the most creative punishment you have ever used?
My son is 1. I tell him no, and then tell him why he shouldn't do it and then give him a hug. Works for me.
My oldest boys fought constantly, so I'd put them in time out......together....and make them hold hands. If they let go, they had to hug instead. They hated it, but I thought it was funny. It didn't take long for them to make up.
Most recent : 45 minutes late past curfew - next fun night out he had to come home 45 minutes before curfew. We discussed he owed me 45 min. Punishment fit the crime
It was not really a punishment. We try to give our kids acceptable options. We were at a birthday party and my very picky 2 year old was getting upset that I told her they had hot dogs. I told her then that she had a choice of either a hot dog or a hot dog. She happily picked hot dog and ate it all.
Power struggles are not always worth it. I could not get away with that now that she is 6 but she no longer throws fits about eating food either.
It it's also one of my favorite parenting moments because it was just so gosh darn cute and so gosh darn her. She likes feeling like she had control over herself.
Instead of punishing try guiding. Most kids want to be good. Especially with little kids don't misbehave because they're bad but they act out because there is some need that's not being met (they're tired, need attention, hungry) & they don't yet...
have the tools to express themselves. The one that makes the most difference is giving attention. The more I take time to connect with my kids the fewer meltdowns we have.
I agree with that.
I'm not big on creative punishments. I try to aim for natural consequences whenever possible. I'll be reading the responses here, though, out of curiosity.
Circle of tape at nose height on blank wall. Nose inside circle for one minute for each year of life. Had to use this 5 times with my older daughter.
The inability to focus or see anything other than wall drove her insane. Try doing it for one minute. Then imagine you are a five year old having to do it for five minutes.
Ah. My mom had me write essays at that age
My son is only 1, all I have to do is tell him no in my mean voice.
Lol ditto. Get him every time!
Yard work for Cs on report cards, it's not punishment as much as job training if he keeps getting Cs
My mom used to make me write essays when I was little if I did something wrong
A taser. He's constantly telling me, "don't tase me bro".
You use a taser on you kid? How old is he?
Yeah, what's wrong with that? Little bastard learned quickly not to cross the old man.
It just seems a bit harsh I guess. What did he do to deserve that? And howl old was/is he?
I'm pretty sure Scotty is pulling your leg, Matt!
Ow that hurts Scotty!