I love my kids, really, with all my heart and I take my job as their mother very seriously. I like to use reality discipline whenever possible. (Actually, I like to use no discipline, but we don’t live in a perfect world, and sadly my offspring did not come out of the womb obedient.)
Yesterday Will and Bob went to guitar lessons and then to the Wal-mart to pick up something for the Momma because I was too
There is really no other way to say it. I was very disappointed in Will. I was sad. Why would he do that?
I told him that was crappy and he was acting like a real jerk (yes, I used the words crappy and jerk! Those are 4 letter words around here and the girls’ eyes bugged out of their heads when Momma said Crappy and Jerk!)
I told him he was not ‘that guy’. Don’t be ‘that guy’.
Sigh, disciplining teens is hard. I feel like he needed to be thunked in the head while I yelled ‘what were you thinking’ at him, but I don’t think that would be appropriate or effective.
So, how does one discipline for jerk-like behavior? I was thinking of making him take Bob to a movie Saturday night instead of going to the youth group function, but if his attitude stinks about it, it is kinda like punishing Bob. I could just go the old fashioned rout and ground him, but that seems to just instill bitterness in him.
I want a contrite heart. Any suggestions? Other than military school in Mongolia, cus we can’t afford that.