Stealing Ideas

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here’s a list of some parenting tips that we plan on stealing and using as our own.

The $3 allowance. The child gets $3: $1 with which they get to do what they please, $1 to save, and $1 for charity.

B.E.D. . Some parent use a countdown when a child is being rowdy, counting down from 3, they better be behaving by the end or else. I like this slight modification, which instead spells out the word bed, and is clear on the consequence of the end of the countdown, bedtime.

The Box. In the book I’m currently reading, parents asked the author what he thought the best toy was for their child. His reply, “A cardboard box, crayons/markers, and 2 hours.”

Food for the weary. A friend gave us this piece of advice. If someone offers to bring over a meal during the first weeks of having the child at home, take it.

Book swap. The conclusion of the Parenting, Inc. book delves a little bit into the craziness of birthday parties and how they usually ended up with more stuff (junk) that the child didn’t need. At one of her parties, instead of gifts, they had a book exchange where the kids would trade books that they were done with and got a different book. You could probably even do a toy swap as well.

Does anyone have any other neat ideas we can use?


4 responses

  1. If you can find any information on Love & Logic, it’s helpful for the “Terrible Two” (and beyond) tantrums and all those mean things that kids say that they don’t mean.

    I’m pretty sure I saw it in action over the weekend.

  2. One that I heard once, and might use if we decide to embark on the parent journey, is at the beginning of the week, you give your child a certain number of poker chips. Each chip is good for half an hour of TV or computer time. When they’re gone, they’re gone – and then they have to go read a book or play outside, get creative, etc. And they don’t carry over week to week – if you don’t use them all up, they get put back into the chip pile and the total number is doled out again the next week. I would imagine that family movie time wouldn’t count against chips, but I thought it was a clever way of helping kids self-regulate and prioritize TV and computer time and having parents decide how much they want to allow.

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