Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Child Swap

Saturday - 11.10.12 

Sometimes I wish they had a reality tv show like the spouse swapping show but for kids and internationally. Imagine your kid starts acting up so you put him/her on this show where they are sent to China or Africa were kids don't have it so easy. And in return you receive a child like the ones you see in the commercials where they want you to send $0.50 so the child can have shoes and a decent meal.

I'm talking older kids of course like preteen and teens. Your kid goes to work in a sweat shop for 16 hours a day and is only fed once a day, has no ipod, tv or video games and sleeps on the floor. In return you get a kid who hasn't eaten for days, has never had toys and a $5 allowance for the week, make them feel like a billionaire. You go buy them some clothes and shoes, feed them and they appreciate you some much they do everything they are told and don't argue.

Could you imagine! Your kid would come home appreciating everything you have ever done for them! They would be happy to eat broccoli, do their chores and go to school.

Ok so maybe I'll just try boot camp. But really how do you deal with a child that refuses to listen? We are dealing with a liar, I know it has a lot to do with the age and exploring his boundaries but he gets a chance to lie he takes it. And it's not just white lies it's pre-meditated deceit. We have tried everything with no behavioral change.

So one night after having an hour long conversation with the March Hare for the hundredth time about how lying is not tolorated in our home and that there is no place he could run away to that he would have it better then he does at home, I jokingly said we were going to send him to China so he would know what having a hard life was really like.

However, I in no way agree with sweatshops or child labor... well hard labor. I am truly sad for the children that can't afford food or clothes. And don't get me wrong I don't want to see my child being dealt with cruelly either. I know there will be some of you out there that will take all of this way to literal. Please take it as a frustrated mother venting!

Oh well, I guess I just keep doing what I've been doing and hope he finally gets it! My hubby and I have both been saying lately how bad we feel for putting our parents through hell and that we don't know how they didn't kill us. Maybe if they had sent us to sweat shops, we would have been more appreciative children.

Thanks for sharing another adventure with me! 

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  1. So glad I saw this post. We are having the same problem with our daughter and the lying. Maybe it's the age (she's 8), but I have been getting very frustrated. How old is yours? I am not really sure what my next course of action is.

  2. My son is 9 and we've been having the hardest time with him this past year. I wish he appreciated his life more!

  3. I remember those days when my kids were young. I totally understand what you are saying. Just a short lesson in appreciation.
    Hang in there! (NOT that I am an expert just because I am done raising kids but things just work out if you never give up:)

    I am dropping in from the hop to meet you and follow in as many ways as possible:)

    I would also love to invite you to share any of your favorite posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop. (no rules and live right now).

  4. Well reading this makes me feel better about our situation. Our sons are only 3 and 6 but I feel as though they just want more and more and more. We too have been thinking of ways we can try and have them appreciate things more. Keep us posted with ideas! :)

    Jennifer Marie

  5. I have to admit I was a little nervous when I hit the publish button. I didn't want people to take this the wrong way. I know no one like going through it but it's nice to know other mom's feel the same.