Get annoyed with your child, he’s always causing trouble, and tell the other boy to hit him back
Ignore the incident and just let them fight or play
Tell him that it’s not right to hit people and make him apologise
You don’t do other children’s birthday parties – they are the seventh circle of hell. You’re sure the person in charge would deal with it properly – that’s what they’re there for
You immediately go over and intervene in the situation making sure both boys shake hands and make friends on the spot. You then ensure they play together nicely for the duration of the party.
Yell at them to come back in and clean up this mess now!
let them off to enjoy themselves and clean it up yourself. They would only make a mess trying to clean up
Help them clean up by making a game out of it
You’re too busy to deal with it and so ignore it
You call the children back in and oversee the tidy up process. You then supervise outside play until the end of the play-date
Say ‘Absolutely not’.
Let him buy it, we were all young once
Say no but try to suggest another treat to make amends
This is a minor issue; he is mature enough to play what he wants to play
Your child knows not to ask for age-inappropriate games already
Get immediately annoyed and send him to bed with no arguments
Let him come downstairs and join you in supper, he’ll go to bed when he’s tired
Let him have a quick snack, but make sure that it is purely functional and that there is no fun involved
You get home late from work so this isn’t your area
have a snack with him, explain to him in detail the cause-and-effect of not eating earlier, then bring him back to bed and read him a story relevant to the situation – you have a collection of books on hand that deal with children’s issues.
Get angry, shout, roar, and generally scare them into doing them
Do them yourself – you do it better and it gets done quicker
Give them a reminder that they must do their chores or suffer the clearly defined consequences
They don’t have chores
they don’t get the opportunity to avoid chores
Get angry and throw a tantrum back
Buy him sweets quick, anything to keep the peace
Gnore him and after the tantrum show them better ways to express their frustrations
Leave the vicinity, you’ve enough on your plate
Immediately put in place the well-established process that follows a tantrum, it doesn’t matter where you are, who you’re with, or what you’re doing
Get mad and yell at her
Try to ignore it, least said soonest mended
Discipline her by removing privileges and later on have a chat with her explaining better choices she could have made so it doesn’t happen again
Let the school deal with disciplinary matters; they’re paid enough to do their job
Have a heart-to heart about the situation with your child. Call the school and make an appointment for the next day, this needs to be nipped in the bud immediately.
Don’t need to even say no, as he knows he won’t get it, a look should suffice
Say no, but eventually relent and buy it so that he stays quiet for you to get the shopping done
Tell him no in a firm voice, but promise that you will bring him back to buy it when he has saved enough of his pocket money
Buy it if you feel it will improve him in some way. Then insist you both play it together when you get home as he needs to appreciate it when he is bought a treat.
Get your kids to follow your instructions
Make sure everyone is happy doing whatever they want
Teach your children why rules are important and help them learn to make good choices on their own so that they can be happy and contribute to society
bring the child into the world and help them succeed
rear a child who adheres to your beliefs and values
The kids follow a well-established routine, and woe betide anyone who acts up!
It’s generally a kind of chaotic series of cajoling and begging
Usually the children follow the routine, however things can slip every so often; we’re all human!
You try to miss the madness
You are very well prepared with everything done the night before and you have a well-established routine so there is very little opportunity for things to go wrong. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
She knows she has to do it straight away when she comes in from school. No arguments!
Ike a nail slowly going down the blackboard; the homework generally gets done in the end but it requires a lot of patience and effort on your part
She know she has to do her homework; you stay in the kitchen as she does it so you can help her with it if she needs help
She does her homework in the after-care facility you use
You supervise every aspect of the homework and ensure it’s done to a high standard – you sometimes give extra homework.
The children attend certain activities whether they like them or not so as to teach them the merits of hard work and discipline.
The children seem to take up and drop activities at an alarming pace but you do your best to keep up
They are chosen with care and limited so as not to tire the children out
The children love their extra-curricular activities – you’d all be lost without them
You ensure that your children attend a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are chosen carefully with the aim of improvement and development
It goes very well actually. The children are all in bed, lights out by a set time.
Total chaos reigns supreme
There are certain rules, but sometimes the rules shift depending on circumstances
you often miss the bedtime madness
There is a strict schedule to follow in the evening, the kids have very little opportunity to act out as you keep a tight rein on the situation
Get annoyed for waking you up and tell her to go back to bed
Bring her into your bed and let her spend the rest of the night in with you
Comfort her and help her go back to sleep in her own bed once she has calmed down
Pretend to stay asleep
You talk her through her fears and stay with her for the rest of the night. The next day you make sure you have a chat with her about what’s worrying her. You follow it up a few days later.