Here's how it works:
- We've tried different approaches. With the discipline book the children get labor time for getting in trouble. It replaces grounding, spanking and is more effective. Why, the child is in control of getting the work done in order to do something they want. If they don't finish the labor they don't go. The ball is in their court. It makes them responsible for their actions. They learn self control. Do this then get that. Make sense?
- When a child gets in trouble (talking back, bad report at school, hitting a sibling, not listening, not cleaning up room, etc.. you get the picture) the child gets labor time
- Labor is given in these increments: Age (2 - 5) in 15 minute increments Age (6-8) in 30 minute increments Age (9 and up) 1 hour increments
- We note in their tab the reason and the time given. When the time is worked off a parent signs off on it. My kids have been known to rack up 4 hours at a time...
- How do they work it off? That's the fun part! It gives moms extra helpers around the house.
- Labor time cannot be an item that is their regular chore for example cleaning room or making bed.
Here are some of our labor chores:
- Clean the room of a sibling not your own room.
- Pull weeds in the flower beds (great when it's warm)
- Wash moms car and vacuum
- Mop the floors or swiffer
- Do laundry of a sibling (this is for teen)
- Wipe the baseboard with a washcloth (for the little one's)
- Clean the kid's bathroom
- Dust the furniture downstairs
- Anything else mommy can think of!
I've gotta tell you this works around our house. Our talking back, not listening, etc has cut way back in the house in the last 8 months since we put this into practice. I don't give warnings I just assign labor. I usually get a grunt then they stop. If some one feels extra sassy they rack up time fast.
Christmas break and no labor hours assigned..... now that is proof!