There are many approaches to take when it comes to teaching misbehaving children a lesson, and all of them require much wisdom, consistency and an endless supply of patience. But what does one do when disciplinary tactics don’t seem to work out? These parents of the Internet took a creative route and dished out hilariously unorthodox methods to deal with their mischievous troublemakers.
“Not clean enough!”
“My mother once took my phone away and told me that I could get it back once my room was completely clean. I kept insisting I’d cleaned it, and she’d say, “Not well enough.” So I’d clean more, with the same responses. About a week later, I really cleaned it well – and there it was, under the last pile of junk.” – 0pportunistic
This dad got his kids to do the math
“I don’t know if it counts as a punishment, but when my dad got sick of hearing, “Are we there yet?” on long car rides, he would tell us our current speed and how many miles away we were. Then we’d have to do the math and tell him what time we would be there.” – CmosNeverlast
This family had plenty of hugs going on
“Whenever my little brother and I would get into it (we weren’t a fighting kind of family, mainly fought over dumb stuff), my dad would stop us and ask each of us whether we wanted a “hug or a slug”. We got to pick what the other one gave us – either a hug or a punch. Of course, as I was bigger and stronger, when he invariably picked ‘hug’ and I reciprocated, the hugs I gave were tight squeezes just to make sure I got the last bit of infliction in. Looking back on it, I think the system worked well.” – jTeasy
You’ll make a reader out of him yet!
“My parents fostered a kid when I was really little and he did not like to read (the rest of us did). So they just made it so that it was equal time; an hour of reading means an hour of watching TV. He asked if he could read motorcycle magazines, they said he could read whatever he wanted. He quickly realized that you can’t get an hour out of most magazines, and so switched to books. I’d like to think he’s still a reader today, but I have no idea.” – Astramancer
This mum’s willing to go all out
“I hold my sons in each arm and loudly sing children’s songs when they’re misbehaving in public. They’re 9 and 6 years old respectively, and get super embarrassed by it. It’s gotten to where I just have to clear my throat and they freak out and get their act together.” – BleedsOandB
Just laugh it off!
“My daughter is only a year old, so there’s not a whole lot of punishment going on just yet. But when she’s being difficult or getting into the same things over and over again, I put her hair into uneven pigtails. She has to walk around looking ridiculous and it makes me laugh, so I don’t get too frustrated and lose my temper.” – Audiocrow
Why can’t we be friends?
“My four year old niece hates my brother’s dog with a passion, so when she’s in trouble, she has to sit on the couch with the dog for 15 minutes just petting him.”
This method will keep dad quite busy…
“My dad used to take our bedroom doors off their hinges when we slammed them too much. Don’t treat the doors with respect? Don’t get to have a door!” – GemmaTeller
Using the power of holding hands
“When our kids fight, they have to sit on the couch next to each other and hold hands until I’m convinced the fight is over. No talking, no letting go. Laughing is okay because it tells me they’re over it. However, sometimes it is pure torture.” – RoguePenguin
The mum who resorted to using a fictional character to get her point across
“We have ‘Charlie’. To explain, my son – who is very spoiled, first baby/first grandkid – was getting a little too comfortable with getting a toy or present for no reason. It had gotten to the point where one time my friend from work came over and the first words he said to her upon meeting her were ‘Where is my present?’
So, I invented Charlie. Charlie is a very poor boy, who has nothing. His parents left him, he lives under a bridge, he has a rock for a pillow and he never gets to eat. (My son sometimes gives me a hard time eating dinner, always wants candy, that type of thing) Charlie has no toys and dirt on face and whenever my son would misbehave, I would threaten to give his toys to Charlie or if we were doing something special like going to a hockey game, I would threaten to take Charlie. You see, Charlie is very grateful, very good little boy even though he has nothing.
Charlie works though, my son always feels bad for him and will promptly behave whenever I bring Charlie up. One time he said to me, ‘Momma, I am sad for Charlie, I wish he could live with us, I will give him my pillow’. So I put in the original Willy Wonka to show him that Charlie, eventually, makes out pretty well.”
“My dad got tired of my brother and I (6 and 8 at the time) fighting all the time, so he ran his belt through both our belt loops, buckled it up tight, and told us to work it out.” – Worlds_Most_Boring
You don’t deserve dishes!
“When my older sister and I were teenagers living with my dad, we refused to help wash dishes after dinner. So he packed up everything and made us share a plate, glass and a set of cutlery for about a week – pretty effective punishment!” – Mae7784′
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!
“Not me, but my younger cousin. I was visiting them in Taiwan one summer, and he was horsing around, being a normal hyperactive eight-year-old despite my uncle (his father) telling him to calm down. He then happens to knock a container of colourful beads over, spilling them all over the floor. Instead of scolding him, my uncle lightly reprimanded my cousin, and with the faintest hint of a smile, made him pick each bead up, apologize to it individually, and replace it in the bin.” – shamHu
These siblings nose no bounds
“When my brother and I would fight, my dad used to make us stand nose to nose for at least 15 minutes before asking if we would be friends again.” – Burgeez
I will follow you (until you behave)
“Not me but a work colleague told this brilliant story just yesterday at lunch. Apparently his son was always getting in trouble in school for being a smart mouth, joking around, and just kind of being a general ass. School was calling and sending letters to him a lot, but the son always said it was other kids pulling him into it, the teachers didn’t like him etc., but my co-worker knew his son well enough to know that this wasn’t the case. He also mentioned that he had tried punishing him in various ways, but like a lot of kids like this, once they get away from parents, they act differently.
So one day he takes him to school like normal, but parks the car and gets outside instead. The son is suspicious and surprised, and asked him what he was doing. My co-worker responds, ‘I know you’re having so many problems in school with teachers and other kids – and I believe you – so I want to find out what’s really going on. And I’m going to do it by sitting right behind you in class. And not just your first class, but every class. And tomorrow, the next day, and the day after that until I can see what’s going on.’
He planned to take a week off from work, and had got permission from the school (who thought this was an excellent idea) to make this work.
He said his son lasted two classes before he begged him not to come to anymore. So my co-worker left and from then on, never had any problems with his son. His son graduated and is a functional member of society.” – Kalvinbastello
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