Lest you think this is cruel and unusual, let me just say that it absolutely is.
It is also very effective.
I first learned how effective when we were on vacation in Disney World a couple of years ago. The timing of this trip caused our daughter to miss some important tests, so we had to interrupt the 24-hour entertainment cycle with a few minutes of study time here and there. With so much distraction, I discovered that the best way to get her to focus was to throw candy corn at her head while she studied.
Not only did this work, but when I posted it to Facebook, I got a lot of responses. (Mostly from women. With children. And mostly in support of my actions.)
|It takes a village, people.|
By the way, her response to my request last night? She came upstairs, straight faced, and placed her notebook and two clementines on my desk.
Which was such a perfect response to my nonsense.
Particularly because they don't leave bruises.