This mother wanted to teach her son a lesson and the punishment she wrote went viral
Unfortunately, when a parent has to punish their own child because he or she has broken some rules, the parent ends up raising their voice, arguing and making an ugly scene, and prohibiting the child from doing something that s/he likes very much.
This mother, instead of adopting one of these methods, instead decided to pursue a genuinely disciplinary type punishment to try to make the child think about the mistake that he had committed, one that surely can convey the value of every task we have to do.
This young boy had been caught in the act, after supposedly having gone to sleep, he had secretly used his cell phone!
Consequently, his Mom had "assigned" him a customized punishment in writing which said that in order to get back his privileges, he had to earn 500 score points by choosing to perform "good actions", starting from a list of activities. Every good action was valued at a certain number of score points ...
Her son was allowed to personally choose the special and useful tasks from a list.
- Write a nice letter to one of the family members = 10 points
- Prepare and cook dinner = 50 points
- One load of laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away) = 100 points
- Clean and organize a kitchen cupboard = 50 points per cupboard
- Empty dishwasher = 25 points
- Load the dishwater = 25 points
- Clean the microwave = 40 points
- Clean and vacuum living room = 30 points
- Sweep and mop the kitchen = 30 points
- Wash windows = 10 points per window
- Water houseplants = 10 points
- Dust living room = 25 points
- Clean the bathroom (sink, toilet, and floor) = 50 points
- Take out the trash (and re-bag) = 10 points per trashcan
- Clean the litter box = 10 points
Only after doing some of these tasks and reaching the required 500 score points, can the punishment be considered over.
Don't you find this to be a very useful way of making it clear that everything we do contributes to the well-being of the family and at the same time making it clear that each member has to take responsibility for the consequences of their own actions?