♥ The Discipline of Squats — 27 Comments

  1. That has GOT to be one of the best things I’ve heard when “disciplining” a child. We do the bean approach — our children earn a certain number of beans for completing chores or doing other things they’re supposed to do. They can turn them in for a prize, or save them for a bigger prize. If they misbehave, fight, back-talk, etc. beans get taken away. But they’re little, and I’ve wondered what I’ll do as they get older.

    And now I know. 🙂 THANK YOU for your words!

  2. Wow. Squats, huh? I’m gonna have to write this down for future reference. However, I think my 3.5 year old is old enough to pick up rocks now, and I have a whole back yard full of them. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I think this is fabulous advice from a wise mommy! I believe in matching the punishment to the crime, but you really gave some concrete and useful examples. This is my favorite:

    “Another son does not like to listen to lectures, so I write them up. He hears” everything on that sheet of paper. It takes me out of the picture, so he listens better.”

  4. Squats…I’ll have to remember that. And writing something 100 times… I’m going to keep that in mind too. My kids have whiteboards in their rooms, so that would be the perfect spot to write it. 🙂

  5. I’m definitely going to keep that in mind for my future children. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I really appreciate the prayers.

  6. I like your idea about squats! I wish my mom had done that with my brothers, they still fight like cats and dogs!!

    Your marriage advice is great! I need to remember to do those things when we argue!

    I checked out the post you linked to. Its very good. how long have they been married now?

  7. I love this line: “This was not how I visualized motherhood.”

    Even though I know full well I will one day have my own boys fist-fighting in Wal-Mart, I will certainly savor the time now when one is too little to do much of anything outside of the realm of pooping, peeing, crying, and eating.

  8. I so needed this post again… and the great idea of squats.

    I love what you ended with, about the fact that discipline is constantly evolving. You are so right. What great encouragement to continue showing our children how much we love them by guiding and correcting them!

    Thanks for you comment on my blog today too-


  9. I have two boys~ I can not imaging five!


    Thanks so much for stopping by on my SITS day last week! That was great;)

  10. I caught my 5 years old punching my 3 year old just the other day (my 3 year old punches too – not that he deserved this one). I ended up taking a favorite toy away from my 5 year old. I have not had another incident since.

    But, I like the squats/exercise idea! Especially when they get older.

    I am a runner and our neighborhood is a half mile loop. So I think when they are old enough I’ll just send them out for a couple laps around the development.

  11. Sons hitting sons must be the most awful thing they can do in the presence of their mother.

    From my own perspective I have to disagree. Sons hitting daughters, especially little ones, has to be the most awful thing they can do in the presence of their mother.

  12. Okay, I think I love this blog.

    From now on, when I need parenting advice for my son, I’m coming to you.

    I just read your squats thing to my husband and he’s teaching our son to do them as I write!

    ha ha!

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  15. If children don’t have guidance and that include discipline, then they won’t understand and appreciate authority and society when they grow up and that leads to a lot of trouble. It’s called disrespect if they don’t understand discipline. What a fantastic idea for “squats” – healthy – yet gets the point across. This is priceless:

    “Are your knees telling you to keep your mouth shut, yet?”

  16. Wonderful advice. I am all for creative punishing, but am horrible at coming up with things. Plus it’s nice to hear that it’s ok to discipline- society today can sometimes make us feel like we are horrible parents if we punish our children, when, infact, just the opposite is true.

  17. I so wish I would have read this a long time ago. Creative discipline does not come easily to me so I’ll be sharing this with my dh. Our five boys may be in for a surprise the next time they backtalk or pick on each other. 😉

  18. Bless you for being willing to teach your children the truth: that there are consequences for behaviors, that respect is important, that the world does not revolve around them, that they are not victims without options!

    I’m a high school teacher, and the level of entitlement I see from my students these days is enough to make me retire a couple of decades early…

  19.! This is fantastic. You should write a book about your experiences. So many Moms of boys could use this post –and others like it. (I only had one boy and he was “easy” to raise, thanks to his no-nonsense older sister.)

    I shall remember “squats” forever. Thanks! (Who knows what will come with grandchidren?!?!)

    Thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday today, Blue Cotton Memory.

    Hugs, e-Mom ღ

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