Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The problem with choices
In our house, we've been trying to give our kids more choices. When they are acting up, I give them a choice between changing their behavior or continuing - with consequences. It works pretty well when I don't get lazy and resort to ordering them around like a drill sergeant.
My youngest, April, is pretty used to the drill. This morning, she was making noises at the table while we were trying to do school. I gave her the choice of making noises in the other room by herself or stopping the noise and staying with us at the table. She sighed and chose to stay with us.
Later on, I was giving her her reading lesson. She told me she had to go to the bathroom and when she came back she had this to report:
April: I was going to the bathroom and God told me I had a choice whether I wanted to wipe or not.
Me: Oh, great. Well, what did you choose?
April: I chose not to.
She later admitted that she was just joking. I didn't check to see.