Talk to the chair
I heard a great story recently that reflected some very smart parenting.
Communications guru Michael Grinder in a presentation told of a time when a teenager came home later than expected from a party.
His mother was worried sick.
She was also exhausted so she went to bed.
But not before she left a chair covered by a blanket by the front door.
On arrival home the teenage son received the shock of his life, as he thought his mother was asleep on the chair. He soon realised that his mum was NOT under the blanket but it was a visual reminder of how worried his mother was.
The next morning the chair with the blanket was still in front of the door, a stark reminder of the worry and consternation that the boy’s lack of punctuality caused his mum.
Mother and son revisited the chair and the situation after breakfast.
The talk was kept to a minimum. The chair demonstrated the worry and consternation that she felt.
The chair and blanket stayed by the door for 24 hours as a visual reminder of the worry that the teenage son’s behaviour caused.
The teenager felt so remorseful, that he asked his mother to remove the chair. The sight of it made him feel bad.
Smart parenting! This mum went visual to communicate an important message to her son. Very few words were wasted. There was no guilt.
Just a demonstration of the impact that the behaviour had on her.