I've recently had several online (and off) discussions on The Middle. It's a popular show with a quirky family that most of us can relate to. My 5 year old loves the show and was very excited to see the Season 2 DVD arrive. She told her brother, "That's a show Mom and I watch. It has a boy who whispers to himself *(whispering) whispers to himself."
We were watching last night and there's an episode where Axl (oldest teenage boy) gets in trouble for leaving his socks lying around the house. Something my kids do All. The. Time. The father has had enough and punishes him by not allowing him to play in his Basketball Team's Final Game. Extreme? Yep. Real? Sure is.
I find myself often getting fed up and spouting off some extreme punishment. I'm usually always apologizing for over-reacting and downgrading the "sentence". Now I'm learning to withhold information so as to not make it available for punishment. For instance, this weekend I plan to take the kids to North Carolina to see their uncle and cousin. I haven't told them because a) I want to surprise them and b) then it becomes a tool to modify their behavior. I'm trying to get better at consistency. I don't want to have to use the weekend against them for bad behavior so I'm not telling them until we're leaving. No chance of the weekend getting cancelled that way.
Have you ever over disciplined your kid/s? Did you retract or follow through?
I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote The Middle Season Two on DVD.