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7 Humorous and Unconventional Parenting Ideas ...

By Lauren

As most parents know, there is never any set guide on how to raise your children right. You do the best you can and hope your kids grow up to be successful and happy adults who look back with fond memories of their childhood. Some parents, though, like to do things with their kids that are different and not necessarily by the books. These things often tend to be the most memorable to your children in the long run and may even end up being a better form of parenting. I'm here to share 7 Humorous and Unconventional Parenting Ideas that you can try with your kids.

1 Toy Hoarding

Is your child terrible with leaving their things everywhere in the house? Why not take the things they leave out for ransom? The next time your child leaves their toys out and doesn't clean up when told, hide the toy somewhere they can't find. Then leave a note where it was left saying they will only get it back if they do a chore. They will quickly realize they should stop leaving their things laying around or else they are going to have to do something they don't like to do in order to get it back.

2 Tooth Fairy Evidence

Spice up the old Tooth Fairy myth by using hair spray and glitter to make Tooth Fairy money! Leave the glittering money under your child's pillow and in the morning you can both marvel at the evidence that the Tooth Fairy is real! If you want to take it a step further, leave a trail of Tooth Fairy glitter around your child's bedroom!

3 Child Shaming

Although dog shaming is hilarious I do find child shaming, especially in public, to be a bit harsh. A fun alternative is to have your child pose for a photo instead with a child shaming board saying what they did. When they grow up, it will be a funny way to show your child the bad things they did when they were younger. You can also use it for punishment later in life by telling your teen you're going to post the photos in their high school yearbooks if they don't behave. I guess it's up to you if you really do it. Don't be cruel.

4 Whisper Instead of Yelling

Not sure if anyone has ever done this in real life, but instead of yelling at your child when they do something wrong, get really close to them and whisper. I'm telling you right now, if my parents did this to me as a child, it would scare the bejesus out of me. Give it a try and let me know if it actually scares your child into not misbehaving again. It could be the parenting secret of a lifetime!

5 Spontaneous Water Fight

If you want to do something that your child will remember forever, leave a note at the front of the door for him to find when he gets home from school. Next to the note leave water balloons, a water gun, Nerf gun, or any other toy you can think of. Then let them know you are going to be armed as well and hiding somewhere in the yard for them to come find and attack. Hours of fun and bonding time for you and your child. Will also help to brighten up their mood from being at school all day.

6 Calm down Jar

Looking for a more creative approach to time-out? Well look no further. Create a Calm Down Jar for your kids! Have your child shake their jar to get their frustrations out while in time-out. Then tell your child that they have to wait until the glitter has all settled on the bottom before their time-out is over. The Jar is simply made by combining water, food coloring of your choice, and glitter.

7 Reward Jar

Reward your kids with things they get to do instead of things they get to have by using a reward jar. When they do something good, they pick from the jar and get things like to stay up a little later or play outside a little longer. This is a great way to not spoil your child with goodies or toys. They will learn to earn privileges rather then material things. Plus it's a great incentive for your kids to go out of their way to do good rather than avoid simply doing something bad.

Any parent can tell you that raising a child is never easy. But no one ever said that it can't be fun! Putting in a little of your own uniqueness and creativity in every day parenting situations can be a great thing for both you and your children. What are some things that you do with your children that may be seen as being unconventional or humorous?

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