Tuesday, July 16, 2013

He Chewed the Blinds?!

The title says it all...

My 4 year old chewed his blinds in his bedroom.  When asked about it he said he didn't know what happened.  I finally got him to tell me that he actually bit his blinds!  When I say bit, I mean chewed them in multiple places even breaking one!  



He said that during 'quiet time' he was pretending to be a dog and the dog wanted to look out the window!  


It is pretty funny and everytime I picture him chewing his blinds like a dog I have to laugh because I can only imagine what it looked like!

As funny as it was, we are the parents and had to let him know this behavior is not okay.  I was at a loss as to what to do.  

He is 4 years old and in my mind he should know better, but he is only 4 years old and can't learn if he doesn't make mistakes.  

We have been trying to teach him the value of his toys and our home and things that he enjoys every day so that he can understand that not everybody has these things and we need to treat our stuff well and not destroy them.  

I would love to take credit for this plan of action, but my husband is the one who actually came up with it.  We decided to look up the price of the blinds in his room and have him do chores for the week to make money to buy new blinds for his room.  Each chore has a different value attached to it.  The harder the chore, the more he makes and the easier the chore, the less he makes.  We wrote it all on a magnetic dry erase board that is on the fridge for him to see.  As chores get done, it is crossed off of the list.  


He is about halfway through his chore list and has been working hard to get the items crossed off.  He doesn't like doing some of the things on it and has wanted to quit halfway through a job, but I have encouraged him and explained the importance of finishing a job that he started.  

How do you teach your kids that they are accountable for their actions and to respect their things?

10 comments:

  1. HAHAA. My kids do the craziest things too! We tried core lists and incentives and it works for about a day or so. When and if you get it figured out...let me know!

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    1. I have a hard time keeping up with regular chore lists with him because I can't keep up with my own! This one isn't too bad because he needs new blinds so that reminds me to get him working!

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  2. I'm trying really hard not to laugh because as funny as it is, it's also frustrating. When my daughter was little, she took the screen off of her window. Not the kinds of screens we have now, but the screens where you had to put that little ropey stuff around them to keep them in. Wanna know why she did it? Because there wasn't enough air coming in. Oh heck, the things we try to tell ourselves will be funny later.

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    1. It is definitely funny! It is also frustrating but kids are interesting and come up with the craziest things! Thanks for stopping in.

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  3. At least your son had a (good) reason! My daughter (3.5yo) did the same thing just last week and told me "I did it during the night-time but don't know why..." She actually tore a giant chunk off and then proceeded to gnaw it into little pieces of confetti & scatter it around the room. I wish incentives would work for us, but I think she might be part beaver (or goat) so its probably no use. ;-)

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    1. Come to find out, my husband put the dog idea in his mind so he went with it! We still aren't sure why he did it, but he has been working hard on his chores all week and was oddly excited about cleaning the bathroom!

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  4. Thanks for linking up with the Friday Flash Blog. I hope you checked out the highlighted posts as well as everyone’s terrific entries. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in. I try to get to at least 2 posts at every link party. Thanks for hosting it.

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  5. I'll admit I laughed out loud when I read this. However, what a great solution, and teachable moment! Thank you so much for participating in our link party last week. We hope to see you at our next Blog Strut Linky Party at mypersonalaccent.com!

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  6. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Wondering Brain Show Off Weekend Blog Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

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