Last week, I heard a hack from the founding CTO of Priceline, Scott Case — have your kids pick their consequences.
His family set rules, but the kids got to pick the consequences for breaking them. His two year old picked ‘getting a worm on your head.’
I laughed. Yes, I bet that is more impactful than a timeout or even worse, a punishment that hurts you as much as the kids (such as no screen time).
My nephew picked having to lay on the ground without a blanket. Chloe’s was being in a confined space with a bug.
Ask your kids what will motivate them. Trust me; it will garner a laugh (and hopefully some good behavior).