At the moment I’m really struggling with the concept of getting my children to do as I say, rather than do as they want. I dont want to be hard and draconian, but I realise that it’s important to have this power battle whilst they are this age and not leave it until they are teenagers. I have to admit that the naughty step and time out have never been brilliantly successful in this house. The children do pretty much rule the roost, dictating what we have for dinner, what is on the television and how my living room looks (a playroom in case you wondered).
I’ve started upon a new approach. I am trying to get them to ‘earn’ their privileges. For example, if they don’t eat their breakfast they don’t get any television. If they tidy their toys then they can have the childrens music on. If they help me in the garden they can have a new toy or some sweets and so forth. Just simple things which I hope will help them to appreciate what they have and not take things for granted.
I have also purchased some sweet jars which we spent a little while decorating. Each sweet earnt or given to them is put into the jar and they can eat them all on a Saturday. I think this will help cut down the amount of sweets they eat, help them appreciate them more and also be a lot better for their teeth.
I feel slightly hassled, at the moment there are many more tantrums and perhaps half-term was not the best time, however I am sure it will be worth it. I really want my children to be responsible, respectful and appreciative of what they have.