I came across a heart warming story about a novel way to help our young people improve their behavior. It involves a school bus but I am sure you can improvise.
School bus driver Lili Guillet was tired of the unruly behavior of the kids on her bus. She had tried everything, including the recommended practice of “pulling the bus over”. (If you want a sure way to scare kids, pull the bus over…sure).
Lili, unable to take it any more, simply slammed on the breaks one day. This threw all of the little terrors forward so that their heads banged the seat in front of them. (I guess the nerds in the front seat went into the windshield?)
This so confused the brats that Lili started using this on a regular basis. The kids get loud and…BOOM…smacked right in the forehead. This is the kind of leadership I like to see in our bus drivers. Instead of complaining, she fixed it.
Naturally, one of the little brats cried to their parents and Lili was charged with careless and negligent operation. What a load of crap. The article does not say whether any other disciplinary action was taken. I sure hope not. Shame on the parents for not supporting the bus driver.
This got me to thinking, however. Wouldn’t this method work even better in a car? When you slam on the brakes in your car, the seat belt will lock. The shoulder strap sits right under a kid’s neck so you could have a temporary strangle hold. How awesome is that.
“I told you to be quiet!”…screech….ack…”mommy, I couldn’t breathe for a second”. “Good, you little sh**. That’ll learn ya”.
Now I would only do this if you are not in heavy traffic. Strangling the kid a little is one thing. Getting your bumper dinged by someone on your tail would be unacceptable. Also, I wouldn’t do it too often or you might bruise the little angels.
Now I am sure that someone like Tizzle will say this is bad parenting. (Like making your kid eat out of the trash can). Of course, Tizzle doesn’t have kids so he would not know brilliant parenting if I slammed on the breaks and slapped his big head into a wall. (No offense, Tizzle).
If you have any other good parenting tips, please share them. It is too late for my kids, (already in prison), but it might help someone else.