Open Question

time outOpen question: Is it ever OK to punish a kid on her birthday?

Suppose you discover first thing on the big birthday morning that she lied about putting away all her clothes (like you asked her to) the night before. Suppose that even after you ask her again to put away the clothes she just shlumps them into a gigantic pile with all of the other shlumped, not put-away clothes. Suppose that visitors come to drop off birthday gifts and you have to remind her to say “thank you” after which she disappears to the room where the TV and video games are waiting on standby. Suppose that…well, you get the idea.

You don’t want to ruin the birthday for her, but you certainly don’t want her to ruin the birthday for you.

What’s a parent to do? Ideas?


  1. Andie said,

    August 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Consequences, but with the knowledge that the kid can find the “big day” stressful as well…

    Make the day more ordinary all around until everyone can stand it.

    • scheirmad said,

      August 18, 2009 at 9:09 am

      I didn’t even give you the highlights from the rest of the day–you must have extraordinary psychic abilities because your advice hit the nail right on the head!! And by “your advice” I guess I mean my advice since you said you got it from me. Oh when will I ever learn?!!

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