Sunday, 19 September 2010

Frogs And Sanctions

Amy in Australia (yes, her, she's getting the blame for quite a few things of late!) has had me thinking about frogs. You know. Frogs. Green, slimy things. Don't look anything like Kermit. Amy quickly clarified her initial post with this one, and that got me thinking about frogs from a scrapping angle.
You see, Mark Twain said, or maybe wrote, eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Which, you have to admit, would be a fairly accurate description of your day, if you'd eaten that live frog.
So, I thought, what's the equivalent scrapping angle of eating a live frog daily? And then it came to me. An album (green, naturally) recording unexpected frog moments from DS. Those things that he does that constantly catch me off guard because they come from nowhere ~ such as last weekend when he was watching Dumbo with his daddy. Apparently, after quietly sitting next to DH for 20 minutes or more, he (DS) suddenly launched himself at the remote control, removed the batteries and began to chew them! That kind of frog moment.

(Frog die found on Sizzix website; £3.94 in the sale)
And that leads me to my next point. What sanctions do you use when your child/children behave/s appallingly? In this house, just now, there are 3 that seem to be in constant use: DS being sent to his room (and then having to tidy it up before being allowed to leave it), loss of TV and DVDs for a set amount of time (not that he gets that much, as this is something I am fairly strict about) and loss of bedtime stories (which he absolutely hates).
Any tips for surviving these frog moments would be extremely gratefully received!


humel said...

Gosh, it's tricky, isn't it? We have Yellow Zone: 'time out' in their bedroom; Orange Zone: loss of one privilege (eg screen time or other treat); Red Zone: loss of all privileges for a period of time (depending on the severity of the offence!) We also have Gold Zone: special treat as a reward for doing something extra good, such as behaving very well in a difficult situation. But I'm not entirely sure how well it all works at improving overall behaviour.... Good luck! xx

Sian said...

We used a timeout step - one minute sitting there for every year of your age. It's very effective for taking the heat out of a situation and our kids liked the chance to calm down quietly on their own. It does get easier, honestly!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Pretty much we do the same as you. Sent on time out followed by loss of Wii or DS for a period of time. Or other object, depending on the situation

Amy said...

Well, I'm sorry for being responsible for so many things at the moment!!!

We followed the same routine as Sian, well, we still do obviously with the age of the kids. It works surprisingly well and I would have never thought that the kids would have sat on the time out/naughty chair for their allocated amount of time.
We have found that removal of things for our kids is not effective, they are just as happy to dig a hole in the dirt as they are to play with their toys or watch a movie ..... a real pain in some ways ;-)
Sometimes just the warning that they will be sent to the time out/naughty chair is enough to divert some potentially disasterous situation!

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