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I've been naughty.

A random punishment genarator.
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My son (9yrs old) was grounded for three days this week. Nothing serious just not doing his homework and then lying about it. But on day one he left a message on my mobile phone. "Dad, I need to go and play with my friends today. But it's OK I will ground myself for two weeks as long as I can go out today."

After I stopped laughing, I thought how much easier it would be if my kids could choose there own punishments, even better what if this was in the form of a game. They are bad, they go and press the "I've been naughty." button and a random punishment generator screams out the punishment for all to hear. I'm thinking big and red with a hologram of an army drill sergeant screaming through a bull horn. " Drop and give me 20!" perhaps, or "Go wash those dishes son, I wanna see my face in them before you've finished!" "20 days in the cooler."

Just to give them a bit of hope maybe we could add in a couple of get out jail free options. "Go blow a rasberry at your parents."

Just a thought........

Captain Pugwash, Sep 10 2011

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       If the punishments could instead be decided by visitors to the website, there would be a considerable revenue stream. I suspect [8th] would be a premium customer.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 10 2011
  

       Perhaps he could ground himself periodically and bank a number of grounded days, then tap these when he was grounded by you for some infraction.
bungston, Sep 10 2011
  

       If he banked them, [Captain_Pugwash] would have to pay interest. Discipline would suffer, unless, somehow, the central bank could engineer a high rate of inflation.   

       On the plus side, [Pugwash]-junior would grow up to be a rich, amoral financier, ensuring a cushy retirement for [Pugwash]-senior.
mouseposture, Sep 10 2011
  

       [Bungston], you'll find yourself in trouble right quick, making smart alec suggestions like that.
swimswim, Sep 10 2011
  

       Break a deal, face the wheel.
BunsenHoneydew, Sep 10 2011
  

       We see dead people ...
8th of 7, Sep 10 2011
  

       I'm glad to see this was not the adults only idea I thought it might have been.
ye_river_xiv, Sep 11 2011
  

       I'm disappointed to see this was not the adults only idea I thought it might have been.
Twizz, Sep 12 2011
  

       Heh! "It's time for Mr & Mrs Spank to make a short, sharp trip to botty land!"
DrBob, Sep 12 2011
  

       Random parenting. Eh, can't be any worse than the efforts of some...
RayfordSteele, Sep 12 2011
  

       It might be more effective if there was a short questionnaire about the offense. Then the punishment could be more suited to the *crime* and less random...
xandram, Sep 12 2011
  

       With the get out of jail free scenarios being dispensed only via adequate brainpower. "Your punishment, should you choose to accept it, will be laundry and dishes, unless you can respond with the square root of 64 in 5 seconds, 4, 3, 2, 1. SEALED IS YOUR FATE! DISHES OR AN UNTIMELY DEMISE AWAIT!"   

       This will add that sense of adventure for breaking the rules, very Indiana Jones like. Kids are into that sort of thing.
KAGE, Sep 12 2011
  

       /[Bungston], you'll find yourself in trouble right quick/   

       This will be no problem as I have in excess of twelve years disciplinary time banked and a top notch credit rating with which to borrow more if necessary.
bungston, Sep 12 2011
  

       They'd just pretend to like something...
Dub, Sep 12 2011
  

       Just tried it. A very low tech "lucky dip" style thing. We spent last night, me and the kids, writing punishments and get out of jail free cards. They had to write four punishments for every get out of jail they wanted to include.   

       I kind of like it more now, as the kids wrote their own punishments, ranging from "stand in the corner for 5 mins" to "grounded for three weeks."   

       I will add the brain power ones tonight, thanks [KAGE]. They will be in a separate box. Each paper has a question on it, along with the consequences of getting it right or wrong. Get it right and the punishment is halved. Get it wrong it is doubled!!!
Captain Pugwash, Sep 12 2011
  

       Is it considered bad form to test half bakery ideas on children?
Captain Pugwash, Sep 12 2011
  

       No.
zeno, Sep 12 2011
  

       Be sure they include a punishment for incorrect spelling and grammar.
cudgel, Sep 12 2011
  

       //Is it considered bad form to test half bakery ideas on children?//   

       Ah, assuage your guilt Pugwash. Children are well known to be quite resillient. This combined with the fact that they are probably the only ones gullible enough to take part in experiments manifested from the HB makes them perhaps the most usefull candidates for such.   

       Also, if this works out there is a rotary car around here somewhere...
KAGE, Sep 13 2011
  

       ^eh ?
FlyingToaster, Sep 14 2011
  

       Psychologists and psychiatrists around the world will hail this idea as job security. Good job!
jurist, Sep 14 2011
  

       All that effort in making the cards and questions for nothing!!!   

       I'm gutted!!   

       The kids have been angels since making this. What did I do wrong?????   

       How can you test an idea and see if it works if the kids won't do something wrong in the first place?
Captain Pugwash, Sep 15 2011
  

       Change the rules about what is right and what is wrong. That'll wipe the smug smiles off of their angelic little faces!
DrBob, Sep 15 2011
  

       Leave fivers lying on the coffee table. Leave a big packet of chocolate biscuits in the kitchen. Put a big piece of sticky something on the kitchen table with a notice "Do not touch".
pocmloc, Sep 15 2011
  

       I can see the charm but aren't you just turning morals into commodities? (have y'all visited 'doodle or die', it is good).
weedy, Sep 16 2011
  
      
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