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A recap of everything happening over on the @kristenhowerton Instagram page this week....

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I posted an essay prompt a few days ago, that we used for one of our kids who broke a rule. Here is one that will be waiting for a certain kid when s/he comes home from school, because I found a personal video game device hidden in their bed. (A big no-no in our house.) A lot of you had questions about these writing prompts. I really just make them up as I go. I usually type them up on my phone in notes and then print it and hand it over. I know some English teachers are cringing at using writing as a consequence, and believe me -a a former professor and a writer, I want my kids to love writing. These prompts are always presented as a way OUT of a consequence. For example, "you can be grounded or you can earn your way out with an essay." The writing is ALWAYS more effective than being grounded and the kids ALWAYS pick to write, so it works for us. And their answers are usually pretty amazing. I think it's a great way to get kids thinking critically about their own behavior. #meanmom
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