Kayla - posted on 09/10/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have 3 kids, ages 6, 7, and 9. Lately, my husband and I have been having problems with all three disobeying, being disruptive, and lacking on their responsibilities. We have tried just about everything punishment wise, except for spanking (we are against spanking).
Behavior issues include lying, stealing, and refusing or giving less than half effort on homework or classwork, being disruptive in class, destroying personal property (cutting clothing with scissors), refusal to do chores, sneaking food into their bedrooms(they get 3 meals a day plus snacks in between), being abusive toward other children (hitting, biting, or kicking), and disobeying/defying simple rules that have been in place for years.
We have taken them off of any sport or extra curricular activities (which they LOVE to do), made them write lines (writing a statement 100+ times in cursive and print related to action done wrong), taken toys and electronic privleges, banned from friends houses (mostly for the stealing), and stopped any weekly allowance (money given for chores/good behavior that could be spent any way they choose).
My husband and I are at a loss. The kids have been repremended at school on several occasions this year alone. We are starting to feel like failures as parents. We don't know what else to do. PLEASE HELP?!?!?