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Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Art of Discipline

A weekend ago, I met a certain well behaved and organised little girl and was extremely ashamed at my disciplining skills.
So I have, very seriously and actively decided to get on their case and make them put their toys away just like they do it so efficiently at schol (as the teachers tell me).
So even though I have to scream my lungs out for nearly 45 minutes every evening and much to the chagrin of Ojas & Tejas, do atleast 5-6 rounds of flinging some toys into the balcony (and it feels damn liberating to do that), in the end, it is worth the effort and deeply satisfying to see them putting their toys away in the relevant boxes and bags.
And so now every morning, the home is not looking like as if a bulldozer had somehow found its way inside.
They are also being trained to put their clothes into the washing machine and NOT leave them around all over the house, so that in future, their wives do not complain that their mother never taught them to even put their chuds away.
I am certainly NOT putting their nightdresses now. The faster they learn to do their jobs themselves, the easier on me. The next step would be the school dress. Which means I need to give them minimum 15 extra minutes - which would be the total time taken for cajoling, screaming, scolding, praising, and they actually dressing themselves up!

And now I am actively convincing my Mom to come down and teach them to wash their bum! I can do only so much of screaming.

10 comments:

Chaitali Patel said...

I think you are doing the right thing... I just looked after my 10 year old nephew and 5 year old niece for a week, while my sister was away on vacation. My niece drove me mad with her toys lying all over the place. I would just switch off her favourite show and wait till she collected all her toys back...

artnavy said...

good job itchy! u will be less stressed urself once the smart little soldiers of yours master these skills

but they may start admonishing u like it happens to the organised girl's mother :-D

so once in a while relax the rules

Devasena Hariharan said...

Nice Itchy, teach them to be little careful with electronic items.

dipali said...

Keep up the good work!

shilpa said...

Delurking for the first time.

"so that in future, their wives do not complain that their mother never taught them to even put their chuds away." yay to that!

Anonymous said...

Great going!! Be persistent! I make my almost 2 year old pick up stuff(toys,spoon etc) which he flings all over the place. Its not 100% success, but we are getting there!

Uma said...

This reminds me... I should start doing this... how long did it take for you to achieve this?

Itchingtowrite said...

thanks guys for the encouragement!!!
"flexes muscles and gears up for the weekend screaming"

How do we know said...

The sooner you start, the easier it will be.. for everyone .. All the Best. Am sure u already know.. bribes work as well as screaming, and is healthier for our lungs.. :-)

Devil's own said...

Awwww... I loved reading your blog. I don't have children, in fact am not even married yet; but it is great to read what a mother of twins has to say. I shall follow your blog and read what more is coming... (maybe partially to get prepared for the life that will be probably half a dozen years later). Hahaha... ;)