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Coupon books…as punishment

love the coupon

Who doesn’t love a coupon book, especially a homemade one.  I can feel the love just talking about it.  But what if your kid is a smart aleck-y button pusher?

Make a coupon book!  Let me tell you why I made my 14 year old son a book before I share the actual product.

So I’m a little sarcastic [shocker] and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  I have three VERY well developed apples, if you know what I mean.  I try to be a “Do as I say, not as I do” kind of mother but what I say isn’t always the best example either.  That does not mean I condone bad behavior – especially at school.  My kids are surrounded by teachers (me, my mom, Andrea, my friends) so they know how to push our buttons. There is nothing worse than a teacher/parent getting a parent/teacher conference request.   Ok, there are things worse, but not much.

I was nice enough to notify my son of his imminent death sentence:  I was going to totally throw him under the bus, I was going to believe everything his teachers said over what he said, and I was sure to take something he treasured away from him. During the meeting I apologized profusely (because that’s what guilty parents do) and tried to convey that they are not alone, I unfortunately also get sass and lip from Scott.  When I was retelling the meeting to my husband, I explained my frustration that we could do things to Scott as retaliation…I mean punishment for his actions and how disappointing it was that his teachers could not.  “Why can’t they?”  he asks. Um, duh, because this is public education…I wish I could retaliate, or punish my students!  Heck, I would be happy with a detention that I could hold them accountable for…

coupon book

 

Ford said, “they can if we tell them they can”…and the punishment coupon book was birthed!  And what a lovely book it was!  I sent an email to Scott’s teachers with the terms and conditions (when he gets on your nerves rip out a coupon and send me an email, I will enforce the coupon, DONE!)

 

 

Easy enough, in fact I encouraged multiple coupon doling out if he reacted in any way other than, “Thank you Ms. Davis, I will have this done tonight.”  With a smile!

It’s effective, unfortunately…I really need my gutters cleaned!

 

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19 comments on “Coupon books…as punishment

  1. Fred McMurray
    April 16, 2014

    great post. Thanks for sharing. I’m emaling this to my daughter the teacher.

    • Kevil
      April 16, 2014

      Oh great! Let me know if it works for her too! It’s still working great here…well, not so great for me – I haven’t gotten any special jobs done yet 😉

  2. Jess
    April 16, 2014

    We don´t have the same kind of coupons that you have. Here is all we get take 3 pay for 2 or you get 10% if you buy 2.. I have seen tvshows there people shop half the store and pay 3$.

    • Kevil
      April 16, 2014

      That’s the beauty of making your own! Guaranteed to get what you want!

  3. Pamela Jacob
    April 16, 2014

    What an original Idea – I can tell you are quite creative, Great Article.

    • Kevil
      April 16, 2014

      Thanks, I try…anything to get jobs done and kids in check 😉

  4. Shay Butter Thomas
    April 16, 2014

    Excellent idea must try this.

    • Kevil
      April 16, 2014

      Let me know how it works for you!

  5. pavanneh
    April 16, 2014

    That was a wonderful, inventive way to get a point across. Very good. Wish more parents would do this.

  6. brokenquiet
    April 16, 2014

    I taught for a few years. I only lasted a few years because I couldn’t handle the parents believing their child over me. It’s refreshing to know there are parents out there who will believe the teacher over the child. You sound like a wonderful teacher and parent!

    • Kevil
      April 16, 2014

      Awww, thanks. I wonder about both sometimes 😉

  7. maanneilaganlopez
    April 16, 2014

    Wonderful idea and very inventive! thanks for sharing

  8. Looking-glasses
    April 17, 2014

    I wonder if my husband can get some of his students’ parents on board with this…LOVE IT. Hopefully will never need it, but I’ll store the idea away!

    • Kevil
      April 17, 2014

      It’s perfect for those GT over-achievers. That’s Scott’s problem – he’s done with his work so he has extra time to cause problems.

  9. andreazjensen
    April 17, 2014

    I love it because it is customized by the parent! But, Michelle, lets be 21st Centruy Skills about this and call them Consequence Coupons, not punishment. You are doing it to teach him a life lesson, not just because you need your gutters done, right? Right? Hey, my gutters need doing, too.

    • Kevil
      April 17, 2014

      You’re so PC! I’d would call them “Get your shit together before your mom rips your arms off and beats you with them” if I could get all of that on the cover of the coupon book! And you know Scott – the punishment…sorry – consequence…has to be bad enough to deter the behavior. (Remember this is the kid that voluntarily paid $50 so he could push and push and push.)

  10. Athena OfAthens
    April 23, 2014

    I love this!!! What a great idea!!!

  11. Kevil
    April 23, 2014

    Thanks! It was my husband’s idea, but I’ll take the credit any day 😉

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