Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Do your homework or I'll play some Justin Bieber music

Parenting experts will tell you that a key in getting cooperation from your kids is setting goals and rewarding them or taking away something that has value to them, like video games or an iPod. There is still something else that works -- outright punishment. It doesn't have to be cruel, although my kids might call my method quite cruel. I've learned that teenage and preteen boys dislike Justin Bieber as much as spinach or brussell sprouts. As much as picking their clean socks up off the floor or making their bed. As much as cleaning the bathroom or doing dishes. As much as taking an Algebra test or doing Literature homework. So, when all else fails threaten them with Justin Bieber music. Works like a charm every time.

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