My wife and I have struggled with this for our entire marriage and I don’t want to go deep in this post but do want to give my wife credit for a home run she hit just yesterday with one of our daughters in the area of discipline.
Our 8 y.o. took some scissors and cut a cute little bracelet that was handmade by our 6 y.o. The bracelet was something she really liked and had been wearing for about the last week or so.
The 6 y.o. did a great job practicing self-control, which she struggles with, and just came and spoke to my wife about the incident.
My wife called my 8 y.o. and asked her what happened and then why she did the cutting. ”I don’t know” might have been her answer or maybe I am just saying it because that is normally her answer when she does something wrong.
My wife asked my 8 y.o. if she currently had any money and she said, “Yes.” My wife asked her to go and bring what she had. After bringing it back and presenting her cash to my wife she got that sad look. I was cracking up on the inside and was so proud of my wife.
And she did it!!
She had my 8 y.o. pay for what she had done by giving my 6 y.o. money for her bracelet. This really meant a lot to her and allows her to purchase the supplies to make another one.
This is something I probably would have just given a spanking over when we first got married, but we now attempt to choose the best option that reaches the child and speaks their language.
I need you to understand that my 8 y.o. previously received money on her birthday and still had some of the money on her next birthday. At that age, what child does that? Only she is that protective of her money and because of that….
This was a home run and she will never forget the consequences of THIS action.
Congrats to mommy for being great and not reacting quickly but going the route of most effective discipline.
And in this instance, it was not to spank because it just would have gone in the database with every other spanking, but now she remembers this specific incident.
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