Creative Parenting

Posted On September 23, 2009

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My son is a difficult child. That is to say he spends a lot of time in trouble. As he is growing up it happens fewer and farther between. But after a while a punishment wears off. Taking away the tv, video games, or random toys gets old and he stops caring.

Last year near the end of school he was told to clean up his room- A constant fight in my house.  After a few weeks of him sitting in his room making a bigger mess it was more than clear that he didn’t want to clean it. And other than physically standing over him, watching as each toy was picked up it wasn’t about to happen.

So I took away his room. This made an impact. The next day he was so upset that he shared with his teachers why he was a better child than normal. I recieved applause from both of them when I picked him up from school.

One of his teacher has four children- ranging from 2 to 19. She said that she’d threatened more than once to do something that extreme but never followed through. It’s just too hard to enforce.

So my darling son spent time sleeping on the couch with all his toys in boxes. The only time he was allowed in his room was to change cloths. It worked well and he hasn’t been grounded in months.


The dreaded school fundraiser – Improved?

Posted On September 21, 2009

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I think we all remember fundraisers as children. Walking door to door with a book normally selling magazine subscriptions. Of course, so was every other child in the neighborhood – meaning unless you were too cute to say no to (thank god I was cute) or were the first one out – you got screwed.

If you were lucky enough to have a parent who worked in an office they could always take the booklet with them to work. My mother – like me – worked from home. There went another way to get those cheap prizes that kids are willing to walk their entire neighborhood for.

These days they tell kids not to go door to door. With more people rolling their eyes at solicitation the fundraisers are dying. And really how safe is it to send your kids out and about.

At least until the fundraiser companies got smarter.

This year included in my son’s package of information was a website and how to set up a code so that he gets credit. Not that my 80 year old grandparents need magazine subscriptions, wrapping paper or jewelry (among other items). Of course, I’m noticing those items have improved over the years. Where I was stuck with only magazine subscriptions, this company actually has a few neat items and gift options.  <cho-co-late!>

The prizes have improved too. They have the same old stuff that breaks in a few hours but they even include tv’s and laptops. One little girl from his class last year got a bike. Not too bad.

If you want to check out the new way of doing things the link is below. And if you actually find something interesting help out the school and enter 224mwc9 in the code.