My son is a pretty sweet kid. Never gives us any major trouble, an angel at school, etc. But from time to time, especially since his sixth birthday, he struggles with a bit of Know It All Syndrome. His smart brain can lead to a smart mouth. We've been trying a couple discipline techniques, and seeing some improvement, but not a ton. Last week after a scolding I heard him grumble to himself, "Now, I'm never going to make Santa's nice list!" Light bulb moment! I decided to have a little fun with him and use the approaching holiday season as an incentive. I wrote the following letter and addressed it to him from the North Pole Behavior Bureau. It should arrive in the mail today. I'll share an update this weekend!
- Playing nicely with your little sister.
- Working hard to have excellent behavior at school everyday.
- Using a respectful tone and polite language when speaking to people – especially parents, grandparents and elders.
- It is very important to follow your parents instructions the first time, maybe the second, but definitely not on “Nigel Time.” (Yes, we've been talking with your Mom)
- Please do not shout, whine or stomp your feet when asked to take a bath or go to bed.
- Keep your room tidy and ask what you can do to help with house chores.