Help: Threats or Consequences??
I need your help.
It’s week three of the summer (seriously?? just the third week?!) and I’m out of consequences for misbehaving kids. I prefer consequences that fit the crime or at the very least, that take effect immediately.
As of late, I’ve lapsed into staring blankly at the misbehaving child, wracking my brain for a punishment. I come up with nothing and out pops some lame threat like, “Stop doing that or we won’t go to the pool next week.” It stops the behavior momentarily. It doesn’t do anything to change the behavior.
And worse, I forget. Or the kids can “earn” the lost privilege back.
(Of course, they lose it and earn it about seventeen times in the course of the week.)
It’s pretty pathetic.
It’s also pretty ineffective.
So, I ask you:
What’s your preferred punishment for older and younger children?
What’s the most creative punishment you’ve given?