We never had a “magic” word in our house. My daughter was so well behaved; you’d just have to talk to her calmly and most of the time she would be able to behave better. Flash forward many years - we have a son now, that isn’t as easy as my daughter. No surprise! I had seen many people, like Super Nanny, use a “naughty spot” for time out. I had even seen some cute chairs that had “naughty spot” painted right on them. I knew I needed one of those.
I found a stool and put a base coat on it. But when it came time to actually paint the words “Naughty Spot” or “Time Out” – I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I started thinking – I don’t want my son to think ‘he’s’ naughty. Neither do I want to him or myself to view discipline as something bad. So I switched gears, repainted the stool and happy red color and painted hearts all around the edge. I didn’t paint any words on it but instead, decided to call it the “Chair of Cheer” (ok, so it’s actually a stool of cheer, but you get what I mean).
We call it the Chair of Cheer because, in the long run, wise discipline is going to make my son a better and happier person and we all know it will make Mama a happier person!
|The Chair of Cheer (please pay no attention to the disgusting baseboards ;))|
Job 5:17 Happy is the man whom the Lord corrects.