Yesterday I decided to make our own little elf for Christmas with some left over fabric and of course, hot glue. He first showed up yesterday morning with a note. In the note it said that he was watching the children's behavior and would reward them for manners and chores done. It also said that they could not touch him although I did let them all touch him one time to get it out of their system. The note went on to say that he would only come out when they were asleep at night. I also told them that he might have some candy or goodies to give out regularly with a game. So today we are using gummies to have them learn a bible verse about Christmas and then the rest of them will be given out for chores or super good manners etc.
Every morning they each have to find the elf we so affectionately call Buster and they can't give up his location to their siblings. Plus Buster is reporting their actions to their parents so he is the "nark" in the family too. lol
Do you have an elf int he family? What are some of the ways you incorporate the real meaning of Christmas with him?
Friday, December 6, 2013
|And the winner is.........|
Last night we had a little one that didn't what to use his manners and had to be disciplined. To solidify this in his mind and the other children's minds Daddy decided to play Daddy Says with them and I played a little bit too, just for the fun of it. It started out with a few boring commands like everyone stand in age order against the wall. Then it went on like that for about 5 minutes or so and we moved from our bedroom into the living room for more space.
When we got there we were all interested to see what would happen next. The first exercise he had us do was called squat thrusts. The kids didn't know what that was so he demonstrated. Then everyone took turns doing three each. Some weren't satisfied with just three and asked to do more. Then Zach decided that he wanted to do 100 squat thrusts and the challenge was on. Dad began the count and then Zeb wanted to do them too so we started with Zeb on the other side of the room. Zach did his well and we cheered him through the last 10. We were all so proud of him. He never stopped till the end. Zeb did well too but he had to have a few breaks.
After that they all had to arm wrestle their Dad and someone (om Nora) had to arm wrestle Mom. She won several times because Mom was always caught off guard and tired. The last feat in Daddy says was leg wrestling. First he beat everyone then he allowed everyone to beat him it was too funny to watch. It had me in stitches. A lot like an episode of "The Three Stooges".
What do you do to instill obedience in your children?