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: A little while back, you suggested an easel so kids wouldn't write on the walls. But what's someone who doesn't have the money to spend on art supplies supposed to do?
Behavior: Wants an easel.
Problem: Short on cash.
Solution: Get creative.
Activity: Some easels can be had pretty cheap, but alternatively, poster board and painter's tape will accomplish many of the same objectives. Recycled newspaper and masking tape are an even more cost-effective alternative. I've also found that cardboard boxes and packaging tape can become most anything. Take three same-size panels and create a three-walled column. Stack them to create height. The little ones will trip over themselves creating projects to stick to it.
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