One of my guilty pleasures is the television show "World's Strictest Parents". I think I watch it because it makes me realize how incredibly great my own boys are! The premise is that two insolent, disrespectable, and just plain bad teens are sent to live for one week with a family with (you guessed it) strict parents who won't put up with their bad behavior in an effort to change them for the better. I am absolutely amazed that these kids were allowed to behave this way to begin with! Where were the consequences in their homes?!?!
Now my boys are great. They have wonderful manners. They are well-behaved and a pleasure to be around. But of course their sweet mouths get them in trouble: arguing with each other (or their parents), calling each other names, and just saying things the nice young gentlemen shouldn't. And it makes me just a tad bit crazy. Well, "tad bit" may be putting it lightly, don't you think?
So what's a mother to do? Take a cue from "World's Strictest Parents"! One set of strict parents had this consequence for toilet mouths: clean the toilet. I like that. While my boys don't have "toilet mouths", they do commit the aforementioned grievances. And I am prepared.