Saturday, April 11, 2009

If-then

I am a yeller. I believe I have said it before, and I will say it again.


I am a yeller.


I come from a long line of yellers, so I come by it honestly.


I do not want to be a yeller.


A couple of months ago, at our homeschool meeting, a very sweet lady spoke about homeschooling with a meek and quiet spirit.


Whatever


One of the tools she spoke about is a chart created by Doorposts. It's called an If-Then chart. It lists specific offenses, gives a Bible reference for why it is offensive, and leaves space for parents to fill in the consequences of the actions.


I looked for it online today, and decided I could make one for our family. Hailey has alread declared her hatred for it. But I had just had to impose a 'then' on her.


This takes the guesswork out of discipline. It sounds like a no-brainer, but many times, in the heat of the moment, and colored by a surge of anger, I can be a little irrational when meting out discipline. (You are grounded for five years!)


This takes the 'bad guy' out of who they see when they look at me. It helps them see that they have chosen a 'then' when they chose to 'if', if you get what I'm saying. It also helps to see that specific behavior is sin, and where in the Bible God speaks against it.


And I have some very creative additional chores already lined up, mwahaha!

Hailey has already cleaned out the plastic ware cabinet.

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4 comments:

My Goodness said...

Awesome!!! Love it!

Need you to email it to me so I can read it better...and adapt it to the age of my children.

Glad you shared!!

ispeakbeanish said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Tina and Donald are awesome, and those kiddos are absolutely adorable! I so loved getting to meet them!

I love this chart. I'll have to find a copy to use at our house! Thanks for sharing it!

Joanna said...

From one screamer to another - that's a great idea.

HappyChristian said...

Where can I get this?