Lainy Ann has been having a hard time lately remembering her responsibilities to her family. She hasn't wanted to help out with family chores; when the kids are asked to clean she throws a tantrum or refuses. Most recently she stopped off to her room and refused because she was mad. It has been very frustrating. I decided to get creative with punishment. It seems the time outs and the lecturers weren't doing the job. So she got grounded for 24 hours, not the typical grounding where she wasn't allowed to use electronics. I explained to her that she was going to get the same treatment she was giving the family. If she asked for help at all in 24 hours I was going to say, "no, I'm mad". I told her that I wouldn't be making her dinner, helping her with homework, turning on her bath water for 24 hours. She would be on her own without family to support and help her.
So this morning at 7:30 am I am making 3 sandwiches, one for each child. She says, "Its not 8 o'clock, mommy". I tell her I know. She says, "you can't make my sandwich yet because I am still grounded." The text is not conveying the tone in which these words were spoken. She was upset that I was making her sandwich. She wanted to make the sandwich. ugh! I think she enjoyed the 24 hours where she was able to do it all herself and act like a grown-up. So much for creative punishments.