Jan 31, 2013

Calm Down Jar

Punishing my boyz is something I battle with constantly. I honestly see nothing wrong with spanking as a form of punishment. I know some of you may disagree, but....

To each his own!

However, I also believe that spanking will not work for every child at every age, like my middle man, for instance, who is strong as an ox and stubborn as a mule. It just teaches him to be overly aggressive  which is why the corner doesn't work either.

When my oldest reached this point in his childhood journey counting backwards from 10 (in the corner) worked quite well for calming him down, but yet again...not for my middle man.

So last week while visiting Pinterest...

to what did my wondering eyes did appear?

A "Calm Down" Jar

Oh my! What is a "Calm Down" Jar?

Well it is much like a snow globe only thicker and with out the ornaments. Shake it up and it will take the glitter a few minutes to settle to them bottom (depending on how thick your solution is).

The theory is; while placing your child in time out he/she concentrates on the glitter and is not able to get out until ALL the glitter has settled as a result calming he/she down.

And this is suppose to work?

It is definitely worth a try!!

So here is goes;

  • Ingredients needed
    • Clear Tacky Glue
    • Fine Glitter
    • Mason Jar filled with colored water of your choose
    • super glue for the lid



I only had big glitter flakes on hand which wasn't too bad but because of the weight my supplies for one jar ended making.... well...several

this jar is 10mins
this jar is 2.5min

Now being that I am a little OCD I didn't glue my lids until I had just the right concoction for the right amount of time for my middle man to be in time out (1min per age). And being that I made several jars I was able to make one for each boy ;-)




I even gave several 3mins away to friends to see how it worked for them.

Now for my middle man I think he is more grossed out than anything, however he is learning to calm down a little faster ;-)


What do you think? is it worth a try?

Have you tried them?




Thanks for Reading,
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