"Billy, take your shower."
Snappy reply, "What? I went first last night."
"Mary, did you practice violin?"
Her reply in a soft whine, "Noooooo"
"Tommy, did you read for 15 minutes yet?"
His reply in an annoying tone, "I was just about to play basketball!!"
It had been getting to the point where I was actually afraid to remind them of their duties. I finally realized how wrong and unacceptable this was. I was the parent after all. The disrespect had to stop.
Introducing the Argue Meter!!!
|The Argue Meter-Patent Pending|
Once they saw this and heard the rules and consequences, they got nervous. They asked a lot of questions.
When does the weekend start?
Can you get dots removed for good behavior? (no)
Does the column start over at the start of the month? (no)
The biggest hurdle they had to learn was that if they recognized another child arguing and I didn't pick up on it, were they allowed to "tattle"? (No. And if they did, they themselves would get a dot.)
It has worked WONDERS, let me tell you. We are about 7 weeks in and I rarely add dots. I think the child with the most - who shall remain nameless - only has 4 dots.
I will, however, name Ann, who has zero dots.
Tommy says that Bill and I should have an Argue-Meter for the two of us and that when one of us reaches the top line we have to spend a weekend without watching Fox and Friends.
I must admit - the thought scared me a little.
I know what you're all thinking. You need to pin this on Pinterest.
Go ahead. You can. Just remember to link it back to me.