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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Crime and punishment

Remember the consequences jars? They have more than met my expectations.

First of all, they helped to create a break-through with one child who was getting too comfortable with boundary pushing. I can't explain it. Maybe my previous consequences seemed arbitrary? Now, you get what you get and you can't argue with a consequence you've picked yourself. Over the weekend, this child ended up completing almost every task in the "I Blew It" jar, but since then, it's been fairly uneventful.

Secondly, my house is getting cleaned in places it hasn't been cleaned in a long time. I may not even need to spring clean this year because it will already be finished.

Finally, who would have thought that the "luck of the draw" could produce such fitting consequences, but sometimes you just have to drop your jaw at what comes out. Take this morning, for example. A certain child had to pick out of the "I Blew It" jar and what came up? "Clean up the dog poop in the back yard." Her crime? Throwing underwear at her sister. (Okay, there was more to it than that, but you get the picture.)

The Good Doctor always says the punishment should fit the crime. Apparently the jars agree.

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