Works For Me: That’ll Teach ‘Em

WfmwheaderMy tip for today is actually not my own; it was offered by a reader, Liz C.  It is so stinkin’ brilliant (and hilarious) I had to share it with all of you.  Add this to your repetoire next time the kids are being sassy:

If the kids can’t use a civil tone, they get "grounded" to speaking in a British accent all day. If they’re still struggling to be decent, they’re grounded to singing everything. And one day, they were on it so bad, they weren’t allowed to speak unless they could sing in RHYME.

(This wouldn’t work for you British girls.  Maybe you could make your kids speak in an American accent, if your ears could stand it all day.)

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61 thoughts on “Works For Me: That’ll Teach ‘Em

  1. Jill says:

    This is a fabulous tip. I can’t wait until my kids get older and I can try it on them. Maybe we could do a Southern accent πŸ™‚

  2. phyllis says:

    i *love* this tip! it is so awesome. i can’t wait to implement it in my own house. ha…lol…my kiddo will be british-ing all over the place!

  3. Elise says:

    Sorry – I forgot to tell you what mine was! πŸ™‚ It’s a tip for making the door latches quieter in your house for sleeping babies.
    I love your tip for sassy kids – my kids forget what they’re cranky about when I break out the accents!

  4. Karen@FamilyBriefs says:

    I just LOVE this tip! We have some sassiness issues in our household – especially our 7yo. I think he could handle talking in an accent or a rhyme. Singing might put him over the top. I can’t wait to try this out!
    Thanks for the tip and for being the wonderful host that you are – short hair and all (btw, I have pretty short hair too & I think your cut looks cute. I would like to see the BEFORE shot, though πŸ™‚

  5. loralee says:

    When my children are so upset with each other that the simultaneously scream at me “Listen to what THEY DID!!!” I have the perfect solution.
    I make them SING it. Yup. I don’t think more than about 8 measures have ever passed before they are laughing at each other.
    What can I say? I sing opera. Do what you know, right?

  6. spaghettipie says:

    Okay, it’s 21 minutes into Wednesday, and SERIOUSLY, I’m number 58? You all are some kinda early birds!
    Love the tip, by the way. Now if I can just figure out how to teach my 2-year-old to speak with a British accent. . .

  7. mummymac says:

    That’s really funny – we’re so British and our Northern Ireland accents are a law unto themselves!!
    We think we’re acting Americans if we just say y’all alot!!
    I just don’t think it would be punishment though!!

  8. Melanie says:

    Kudos to Liz! This is a riot. Imagine a teacher using it in the classroom! (Not that she could.)Oh, the sounds that would echo down the hall.

  9. Eva says:

    Ooh, what a fun idea. It would, however, make my kids cry. And that might not be so fun. Maybe I’d change it so that *I* would be the one talking to them in a British accent. They’d get annoyed, but at least they wouldn’t cry. And I’d have fun.

  10. Tracy says:

    It’s a cute idea – but it won’t work well here. My daughter already loves to talk in a British accent anytime she can get away with it, and as for singing – the girl was singing before she could walk… Hmmm, but I see variations on a theme here. :-D.

  11. MommaBlogger says:

    I love it! That’s such a great idea! I’d have to teach them to speak in a British accent though, which could prove difficult. I like the having to sing or rhyme though. It would probably work for my oldest ones at least.
    My 4yo, who likes to talk a lot, loudly, is probably going to get the “raise your hand before you speak” rule implemented on him. The boy can’t be quiet for anything! (see this post:
    I’m going to have to come up with something soon!

  12. SAHMmy Says says:

    Great idea! Just last night I was getting tired of my 3 year old’s whines of “I don’t wanna!” So I said, “No more ‘don’t'” He says, “Then I’m not gonna!” I said, “No more ‘not!'” He said, “Then No!” I said, “No more ‘no!'” He started repeating, “No don’t, no not, no no!” over and over in the voice of the little French Pea guys from Veggie Tales! We cracked up and the mood was lifted πŸ™‚

  13. Michal says:

    I read this thread every week, and finally decided to share something. I forgot when I posted to add that my tip was on non toxic Orange Cleaner. My link only says my name: Michal. Doh! I’m so disappointed as I really wanted people to read mine because I feel so strongly about this subject. LOL Anyhoo, next time I’ll get it right. Thanks for running this show. It’s awesome and very helpful. .

  14. Emily says:

    I had friends who grew up with a similar rule. If they were going to be arguing, it had to be in operatic voices (when they were younger) and Shakespeare-speak when they got older.
    They still argued, but they always ended up giggling instead of sniping.

  15. kelli says:

    Jonathan is quit hooked on all things British, and tries (quite badly, I might say) to constantly talk like a Brit. Maybe I’ll punish him to talk like an Australian or something.

  16. Liz C says:

    Oh, the British accents they’re using are not GOOD ones… πŸ™‚ Sometimes I “ground” them to really bad French accents, too.
    Our oldest daughter, now 11, has been playing in a British accent since she was about two years old. It’s her “alternate persona” for play purposes, and that persona tends to be a very pleasant one, so making her switch over to it helped.
    And we like musicals.
    So, it’s all very naturally-occuring and warped around here. One of my good friends is British, and she just about fell over giggling the first time she heard the children on a “grounded” day.
    Glad it will bring relief and semi-sanity on really whiny days for some of you. I love reading Shannon’s blog and am tickled to be able to contribute!

  17. polly says:

    Super tip! of course, as a child I always spoke in a British accent just to be funny, and we have British relatives, so I’m not sure…perhaps we could try a northern accent, since we’re here in the south! πŸ™‚ I love the singing idea–esp singing OPERA-style!

  18. Christy says:

    How funny! My mom used to make us wash the sliding glass door, one of us on each side so we had to look at eachother the whole time. :0) Coincidentally she was from England and had a British accent.

  19. JCK says:

    This is SO fun, Shannon! Ohhh, thanks for the great idea, Liz C.! I’ll have to store this one for future usage as I have preschoolers, although I’m always DESPERATE for discipline ideas!
    Right now I’m working hard to get BOY & GIRL to ARTICULATE. We’re transplanted Southerners to California, so hopefully they won’t grow up saying things to their children like, “Y’all DUDE, getcha’ RIGHTEOUS little beHIND over HEAH, Like, oh my GOD, or I’m a’fixin’ to bless y’all out, Fer shur, DUDE!”
    Mmmm, maybe that could be said with a British accent. Something to think about!

  20. ThoughtfulMom says:

    I hit post too quickly. I wanted to say that this suggestion is hilarious and I AM sticking it in my arsonal, and I’m sending three friends over to read it for themselves. πŸ™‚

  21. Becca says:

    Too funny! And perfect timing because my dd is hitting pre-teen-land and just starting using an attitude with us within the past two weeks. I’m definately going to try this!

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