Eavesdropping 101 (via Jumping in Mud Puddles)
Now THIS is getting back at kids that don’t want to listen. Actually, not really getting back at them, just teaching them a lesson.
I did something similar and still do for my son. When he doesn’t want to pick up his toys, I ask if he wants me to pick them up. If he says yes, then I explain to him that he won’t have them any more, that I’m going to get rid of them. The first time I did this, he didn’t really give it much though, so I picked them all up, put them in bags and boxes and took them out to the garage like I was going to throw them away. I didn’t really throw them out, just put them out in the garage for a few weeks.
He would pick his toys up for a while, then it happened again. I asked if he wanted me to pick up his toys. I reminded him of what happened to the last batch that I had to pick up. He was a little more hesitant to let me pick them up, but he did it again. And again, I hid them.
He did it again a third time and this time I was just downright angry with him over it. I boxed up his toys including some of his favorites that he goes nuts over when he misplaces them. He watched as I did it and my wife I think was a little upset with me as I was doing it, but I had a stand to make. Finally, by the time I was just about done, he told me he was sorry and didn’t want me to get rid of his toys. I think I’m finally getting through to him.
And don’t worry, he eventually does get them back, but not for quite a while.