Creativity expert, professor, father and former day care provider Rustin Wolfe writes a weekly MinnMoms parenting advice column that uses creative punishments to put a positive spin on negative behavior.
Here's one of his creative solutions:
Question: My daughter has so much trouble falling asleep, I want to scream ... and occasionally, I do. Help!
Behavior: Won't fall asleep.
Problem: The later she stays up, the more aggravated you become.
Solution: Treat patience as a competition.
Activity: The last thing you want to do is show your aggravation. Think about it: How relaxed would you be if you had someone yelling at you to go to sleep? My solution is to treat patience as a competition, only I don't tell anyone else I'm playing. And I'm not about to let a child beat me. Out-patient her. Model serenity. Follow your bedtime ritual, and don't deviate. If you lose your cool, nobody wins.