So, after 3 kids, and years of all types of issues that required discipline, I hit the wall with my oldest son. Spankings didn’t work, taking toys and electronics away didn’t work, and taking time with friends away didn’t work… What was left? Why, Exercise of course!
I utilized a technique called the Iron Chair. I have also heard this called by several other names. But basically, you have your child stand with their heels against the baseboard while their back remains flush with the wall. You have them squat slightly and extend both arms, palms up at breast level. You then place a quarter in each hand and dare them to drop either one of them. They cannot let their hands or arms lower, and they have to maintain their squat stance while keeping their back and feet against the wall. Not only did this make an impact, but it was great exercise! Since implementing this as a form of discipline, my troubles with him diminished substantially. It has been years since I have had to threaten the Iron Chair, to any of the children, and as you know, I have 2 teenagers in the house. Apparently I’m doing something right…
Time outs are allowed at the daycare where I work, but they have proven to be absolutely worthless! The kids don’t give a hoot if they get time out or not! It is a pure waste of time and it is by NO means effective.
When raising your children, keep in mind that each child is different. What works with one, won’t with the next. Find what works for each child, and use it. Earn their respect by not allowing them the opportunity to run all over you. It will pay great dividends in the future. Trust me!
How do you discipline your children?