This little guy of mine had a rough couple of weeks the end of November. Tantrums every day, “I don’t want to get dressed…buy me that toy… I want my skinny jeans…I don’t want to go to church, but I don’t want to be here alone, but I don’t want to get dressed…I wanna go home…” He even went to tithing settlement in his jammies. It took everything in me not to let the “human” side take over and spank that little boy’s bum. It’s a good thing he is so dang cute.
Since telling him, “the elves are watching and they will tell Santa that you are being naughty,” didn’t work, I told him that I was going to give him naughty marks on a paper to show Santa.
This worked a little, but I felt that it only focused on the negative. So I decided to print this Santa on card stock and then have papers for chain links. I hung it on the door and told him if the chains go to the floor then I will tell Santa he can’t come to our house. But when he obeys or does good things without asking, I will let him take a chain link off. He loved the idea and it has worked like a charm.
This morning he told me that he wanted chips for breakfast, I told him that he could have chips with his lunch later, but that he needed to have something like cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, scrambled egg, toast etc. He began to cry and go on about how bad he wanted chips. I said, “OH! I sure hope we don’t have to put a chain on the santa.” He immediately stopped and compromised with some yummy zuccini bread and milk for breakfast. YES!!
Then later we needed to go shopping to 2 stores. He insisted on going to the “creating store” first (Micheals) then we could go grocery shopping. That worked for me but when we got done at Micheals he did NOT want to shop any more. He asked me to take him home before I stopped for groceries and began to cry about it. I explained that driving him home is out of my way and it was going to be longer for me and I would really rather not. He insisted with a little bit of a bratty voice. I said, “ok but if I take you all the way home before I get the groceries, then I am putting a chain on Santa.” He decided it would be ok if we got groceries before I took him home, and he was completely fine the whole time!!
If you are struggling with naughty children, maybe give this a try. Just keep in mind that all children are different so what works for one may not work for another, so you may need to tweek it a bit to work for you.
Have you tried something that works? I would love to hear it. Share below in the comment section.