Continued from parts 1 & 2.
Ok, this time I have no excuses, and I'm not trying to be ironic.
The thing is that little kids need to understand that there are some things they're not allowed to do, and "reasoning with them" doesn't always work. Sometimes you have no choice but to discipline them.
But what to do?
Spanking is bad, and a "time-out" doesn't work at our house because -- in all sincerity -- I'm afraid that if the kids pull at these hundred-year-old door handles too much they'll break, and we'll end up with a terrified kid waiting hours to be freed by a locksmith.
So the bad mom non-painful punishment I've hit on is to give the offender a "wedgie".
The advantage of the "wedgie" as punishment is that is distracts the kids from whatever naughty thing they're doing and gets them to cut it out, because the wedgie itself is entertaining -- really, it's hilarious!!! In fact, just threatening the wedgie generally leaves the offender rolling on the ground laughing (having forgotten about climbing up the bookshelf or screaming to have the scissors or something).
The disadvantage is that there's a risk that my kids will end up being the bad kids that think it's funny to give other kids wedgies at school.
Well, all I can say in my defense is that at least I haven't taken to giving them swirlies....