Yes, I am seriously asking. This is your chance to tell another mom what you really think she should do about her misbehavin’ kid.
Luke got in trouble at school. Again. It’s like the third? or fourth? time this year I’ve gotten an after school call from his teacher. I’m getting very tired of it. As Barney Fife says,
Nip It. In. the. bud.
(Sorry, I’ve been watching Andy Griffith every night at bedtime and I am just enamored with the whole show. To the point where I’m making 40 year old references that no one else will even get…)
The first time he got in trouble, I had him write a letter to me explaining why what he did was wrong. If you knew how much the boy hates to write, you’d understand how that could be a painful punishment for him. There was much crying and gnashing of teeth.
And yet… it didn’t stop him from misbehaving again.
So then, I had him write another letter, and this time he had to take it to school and read it to his teacher. The pain of writing PLUS the humiliation of reading an apology letter out loud! Surely that would do it.
Here we are, again.
This time he found trouble at recess. Standing in a planter. Tearing at a tree. Throwing the berries at other kids.
Oh the embarrassment. (Mine. Apparently HE doesn’t feel shame over these things.)
The recess teacher wanted to send him to the principal. His teacher said, “Don’t worry, his mother will handle this.” (Apparently including her in his last punishment made an impression?) And then she called me.
No computer for a week. Writing another letter. Which he will again read to his teacher. Plus, I’m going to tell his teacher that next time she should send him to the principal. The boy needs to be afraid of the consequences.
But it still doesn’t feel like enough. For one thing, he didn’t cry at all this time. Hardly any teeth gnashing.
It’s getting to be old hat or something.
I’m stumped. We don’t spank. Time outs are kind of pointless at this age. I already took away his favorite thing in the world (computer time). I’ve never had a kid that required this much discipline!
What should we do? What would YOU do?
If only I could get Barney Fife to give my boy a good talking to.