Sometimes disciplining your kid hurts you…and your wallet.

My son is a great kid. He’s sweet and kind, and he is way too smart for his own good. Today he wasn’t so nice. He was throwing things, running away laughing maniacally, and ignoring everything we said. C had to take away some of his toys, and when he continued to act up, we told him we would have to throw them away.

Unfortunately he decided this was all a game, and started talking back to us. That was the cue. We had to toss the toys now, because if we didn’t, our word wouldn’t mean much to him.

Our little monster was devastated. I was upset. I had just spent good money on those lion guard figures, and now they’re just going straight into the trash? It was difficult to explain to a hysterical toddler why his toys weren’t coming back. We asked him to sit and talk about what happened, and once he calmed down C took him to the trash can and asked for help throwing the trash in the dumpster. Our little man took one string of the trash bag and helped daddy throw away his toys.

It is times like these that we are challenged as parents. We want our kids to have everything. We want them to be happy, and we would do almost anything to make that happen, but they won’t be kids forever. They need to learn how to behave well in this world, how to react with kindness, and to treat other people with respect. This was a tough lesson for him in respecting authority, and it won’t be the last one he’ll have to learn.

I’m glad we made a vow to keep our word with our son. We try to be as honest as we can with him, including during discipline. This seems to be one of the best decisions we’ve made as parents.

The next time we needed his attention, he stopped immediately, turned to C and asked, “Yes, Daddy?”

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