pants ~ F21
tank ~ Target
shirt ~ from sister
necklace ~ World Market
bracelets ~ garage sale
shoes ~ thrifted
jacket ~ thrifted
pants ~ F21
tank ~ H&M
shoes ~ Marshalls
necklace ~ gift
i try not to be a traditional punisher with our kids. ok, sometimes i am...i have (often) been known to do the time outs, the go to your room, the you lose tv time punishments. they work, and i use them. but lately, our kids have become immune to these sorts of punishments. i take away two days of video games from henry and he shrugs it off like he doesn't care. i put eva in her room and she quietly sings to her stuffed animals like it's fun. so, i have found that i need to come up with some more efficient punishments....something that will actually teach them lessons about what they are doing wrong.
here are a few things i have done in the past:
~ one day we were at home depot and they were fighting. so i took my oversized cardigan off and made them wear it together....each had one arm in an arm hole and i made them walk around the store together until i could see they were over their fight. i have implemented the "get along shirt" more than once, and it works every time.
~ henry hit eva a few days ago, so i made him stand still while she hugged and kissed him as much as she wanted for 10 long seconds. he fought it off at first, but i would start the count over every time he pulled away. it took about two minutes for me to count to 10, and by the end they were both laughing.
~ one of the kids left the milk out overnight on friday. when we woke up, there was no milk for breakfast, so chris and i decided that we would make the kids go to their piggy banks and count out $10. i then had them each pick a meal they wanted for dinner one night this week, and we went to Trader Joe's and they had to buy that meal with only the $10 they had. (sorry to the pour clerk who got paid $19.65 in quarters.) kids need to learn how much milk costs these days...it's not like we have a golden cow in our back yard!
i'm sure i will come up with some more, unless our kids decide to miraculously never misbehave again. some might say that these are not consistent punishments, but you have to do what works for you, and what works for us is actual life lessons. if you can't get along with you sister, you're going to have to share a shirt...no ifs, ands, or buts around it!