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Parenting Class - Funny

BettyRay's picture

Apparently BM is taking a parenting class. Last night when DH picked up SSons she mentioned how she got this great idea from her parenting class. Conversation as relayed by DH:

BM: SSons don’t pick up their toys here and I’m considering trying a new tactic I learned in parenting class, I’d like to know what you think.
DH: What is it?
BM: I’m going to ask the boys to pick up their toys. If they don’t listen I’m going to pick the toys up and keep them. SSons will have to buy them back from me.
DH: That’s a good idea, BettyRay and I have been doing that for over a year now.
BM: Oh Really.
DH: Yes, and we’ve recently up the tactic to include wrestling in the house. If the boys are caught wrestling we will take a GameCube game. If they continue to ignore us we’ll take the GameCube. If they still continue to wrestle we’ll take the DVD player, after that the TV. Then they will have to do chores around the house to earn the items back.
BM: Oh.
DH: I’d be happy to meet with you and discuss house rules. BettyRay and I would like to have the same rules at both homes to make it easier on the boys.
BM: I’ll think about it.

I wish I could have been there to see the look on BM’s face. DH was smiling from ear to ear. He was so proud of the fact that we already do this.

Thanks to all of you. Most of the ideas for the house rules I got from the awesome Steps on this site. It took me awhile to get DH on board but once we started the house rules, and he saw what a difference it made, he is all for it.

The chaos in the house has settled down, the boys know what we expect, except for the wrestling. But once they loose their video games, I’m sure the wrestling will stop. DH and I plan to give each item confiscated a dollar amount and then have them work around the house to earn the items back. We’re thinking $5 an hour, kind of like minimum wage. }:)



northernsiren's picture

LOL wouldn't it be great to have a scrapbook devoted to those "fly on the wall" moments, featuring exactly those priceless BM "revelations"???

from my SD, the reason we're going through it all....:
o, btw, my dad and *northernsiren* are the best family a girl(and boy) could ever hope for. Thank you for helpping me through these hard times.

stepwitch's picture

The economy is sucking so bad.....maybe a dollar or two....

Thank you Disney for portraying a positive image on all stepmothers!!!!

LVmyBOXERS's picture

thatexcept mine is a little more harsh. SS would never clean his room to my specifications. So, I would tell him to clean his room and let me know when he was done. At that time, I would go into his room with a garbage bag and anything that was not in the correct place, went into the garbage bag. No matter what it was or how much it cost or whatever. Those things where then "given to the goodwill." I am talking $50 video games, game boys, everything. He finally kind of got the message. Once DH found out I had "donated" these expensive items, he would make sure things were put back into place before I came in. of course, I told DH, if SS would have just done what as asked of him the first time correctly, we would not have this problem. Everything is actually in the top of my closet in a box. I didn't give any of it away. I'm not really sure what I'll do with it. Never thought that far ahead honestly! LOL!!!! But things are put in the correct place now...