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When my fiance's 9 year old son hit me in the head with a shoe he didn't follow through with punishment. How should I react to this?
The next day when he came home I reminded him that he was grounded for the rest of the day. He told me that his dad said that he was only grounded from not going outside for the rest of the day. I said, "I thought he was grounded to his room for the rest of the day". My fiance said, "Well I told him he just can't go outside." So the rest of the night my stepson was able to watch tv and play inside.
His lack of follow through is the only thing that is consistent. The kids don't listen to him, because they know if they just get out of his sight for a while that he won't follow up with them. I have been assisting in getting them to listen with his permission. Now when I brought up that he didn't complete his 9 year old's punishment and that any child psychologist would tell him parents have to follow through with punishments or they will not take the parents seriously. Then he tells me to mind my own business and that they are his children. HELP!