2. We are leaving the movie theatre because you're acting up. Get enough people out in that van, pay the $85 to get into the movie theater/purchase obscenely priced stale popcorn, and we are not leaving until the show is over. We'll deal with you at home later, mister. Same holds true for "grocery shopping" and the like. We would never eat if we employed the only-child disciplinary technique of "we are going home and we'll try again when you can act nicely."
3. I will buy you a new (expensive item) if you behave. I've seen people with maybe two or three children be able to do this, especially if they both work outside the home and/or dad is a big-time exec. But for this mom driving the 12-year-old van and making chili mac and cheese for dinner? You can forget it. Here's a 25-cent bouncy ball. Everyone share.
|Chili Mac. It's what's for dinner.|
5. Grounding. I have so many other people to take so many places, that when you are naughty? You just have to come on all my boring errands with me. I promise this technique is actually more effective than grounding.