Re: Appropriate punishment for a five year old
Justean is Totally Right.... I am perplexed as to why you posted all this info, and then proceeded to attack someone who simply pointed out the obvious. I am startled that you would even consider a sick and unusual punishment of making a 5 year old little boy sit on his bed for TWELVE HOURS... that is sick, sorry, but it is the truth. Do you know that time outs are 1 minute for each year of life? So, five minutes for your child. Not hours on end. I am sorry, but I'm also just flabbergasted that you would allow a child that small, to escort himself , ALONE to the bus... HUH????? I don't care if it's right outside your front door on the sidewalk, and child that little should NOT be left alone to get on the bus. Ever... haven't you heard of people who just come up and take children, or kids that get hit by cars? I can't believe what I'm reading. Honestly.
At that age I was still waking my daughter up, fixing her breakfast, picking out her clothes and making sure she dressed, brushed her teeth and then I fixed her hair, then I helped her gather her things. She is 11 now and a straight A student, plays classical piano and apsires to be a doctor. You don't have to treat your kid like an adult and expect adult like characteristics at age 5, to get them to learn responsibility. He's wayyyyy too young to be that responsible. And also, why are you talking about punishing a 5 year old, instead of his 10 year old sister, whom you said throws things at him, screams at him and refuses to do as she's told and wake him up? Or maybe she was punished, did she have to spend 24 hours on a bed, since she's twice his age?
since it's clear not even your husband can get up without an alarm clock, doesn't it seem nutty to expect a tiny child to do this? And believe me, he's tiny. He's only 5 for pete's sake. I feel for him, and his sister. Man, you can call me whatever you like, judmental, but I'm calling it like I , and every other normal human being, sees it.... Here's a quote from you
"a few months ago we had a problem with him going to the bus stop and then coming home and going back to bed. "
So, he's being left unattended, on the street, and then coming back in the house, and going back to bed.... Where the heck are you, or your husband while he's running around like this? OMG..... Perhaps, you should take him to the bus, and actually Wait till he gets on? Just a stupid thought. Or you might actually drive him to school yourself.... but then again, he's 5 afterall, and he should be able to be responsible enough to handle it.... I pray to God you don't force any of your kids to do sick, weird, and twisted things like sit on a bed for half a day.... try 5-10 minutes , or try actually parenting your kids. Ughhhh