In my house, teaching manners is important. Because I think manners matter. We eat nicely. We close our mouths when there is food in them. Most of the time. We don’t fart or burp… at the table. And so, when one of my angelic children fake burped at the other, while at the supper table, consequences needed to come. Oh yeah, but it gets better. The other (that would be my smart, 13 year old, daughter Katie) showed him up.
With the real burp. Loudly.
At MY dinner table. Huh?
Sometimes I think they were replaced with alien beings. So, their punishment…
To sit on the naughty step until they could properly burp three times. Of course, we had to utilize both steps of stairs. And Katie thought it was ridiculous. And hard. Levi couldn’t do it at all. He sat and sat.
Finally, Katie had 1…then 2…and 3!
Levi was still sitting with a big fat zero. Zero burps means he still does the time.
I must say that I was in a fit of giggles. I am not sure if this was altogether the proper way to go about teaching manners to my children. But I wanted them to remember what can happen when they are rude. I wanted them to be inconvenienced and not to forget what the punishment was for. They needed to be sure to use rudeness ONLY when they wanted to pay the consequences. And teaching manners is something I think is really important for them.
Because in this house, manners matter.
For more insight into my parenting style, head over to this article with my top tips for disciplining your children.