So here's how we handled our lying, stealing, etc. child. We enjoyed reading responses and were reassured that our parenting techniques fall into line with so many others'. (Yes, I really do think there should be an apostrophe there, because it should be others' parenting techniques.) ANYWAY. Duncan spent about 3 hours cleaning his room on a beautiful Saturday. (This included time spent cleaning out the register/duct.) He is not allowed to have candy or gum for 2 weeks, and he has to pay for the items that he took for the reward bag. This totals less than $4, but for a child who gets 50 cents/week in allowance, that's a lot of money. He spent the rest of the day helping his Daddy with chores. Probably more than anything, he endured a day of being emotionally separated from us. He knew we were angry and disappointed, and I hope that will be more of a lesson than anything else.
So hopefully Dad2Three won't be writing an article entitled "Where will Duncan pee next...."
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