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Old 07-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Kids and Doors

What's your best trick for getting your kids to close the door after they go in and out of the camper?

I must has said "close the door" a thousand times today. Surely there must be a mod for this!
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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If you solve that problem write a book and share the secret. I have 3 kids, and this issue is just on the trailer, I feel at times I run a hostle for flys and am providing AC to plants in the yard.
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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I have a rule that my kids aren't allowed to use the door, they need an adult to open or close it for them. Also helps with keeping tabs on who's in or out.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:12 PM   #4
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I think the problem is in saying it "a thousand times"....... how about 1 time. The second time they go out and leave it open, it gets locked behind them. Thank God, my grandkids know that if grandpa or grandma have to use their full Christian name they're not far from getting the behind warmed.

Grandma and grandpa are old school!
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:59 PM   #5
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I think the problem is in saying it "a thousand times"....... how about 1 time. The second time they go out and leave it open, it gets locked behind them. Thank God, my grandkids know that if grandpa or grandma have to use their full Christian name they're not far from getting the behind warmed.

Grandma and grandpa are old school!
Or Grandma and Grandpa have a skewed since of reality since they only spend a very small percentage of time with their grandkids as compared to the amount of time parents spend with their kids. At least that is how it is in my family -- I hear this same kind of rhetoric from my dad who spends about 1% of the amount of time I do with my kids.

And really, you think locking out, or better spanking, a 5 or 6 year old will teach them about closing a door...get a grip.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:15 PM   #6
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I say go to it steve and lisa. It may not be what some think is proper, but it needs to start some where things like natural consequences or a little discipline , think about it
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Consequences. They close the door or they don't use it. Kids (and people) need consequences and boundaries.
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@kellys -- agree consequences for actions are necessary and proper. Does leaving a door open justify a spanking?

Would my parents ever see a grandkid again if I learned they spanked kid over something like a door being left open? Absolutely not.

Should they do something that warrants such a response -- perfectly fine with that.

If open doors = locked out or spanked. What would happen if they threw a ball through the window or scratched a car with their bike.

But I'm sure you or your kids never did anything like that while growing up. That old school raising ensured these things of things never happened.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:36 AM   #9
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Look folks - I'm not trying to debate the merits of child rearing. Quite frankly I'd personally like to let my kids enjoy their summers and be kids.

Camping is an incredibly fun activity and inevitably my kid's excitement is going to overtake their remembrance of closing my doors.

You guys go ahead and spank your grand kids all you want - I think I'll run to Lowes to see if they have any recommendations for some type of door closer instead.
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actually clubhouse, we have yet to find ourselves in the position of having to pop one of the grandkid's behinds. Their mother is doing an excellent job of raising them to respect authority and their elders. Yes, their excitement does get out of hand and a full use of their Christian name is all it takes to get the message across. Because they know the next step isn't a pleasant experience for any of us..... and I'm not talking about a beating or a dozen lashes with a belt. There's a big difference between disciplining a child and abusing a child. Far too many children now days have absolutely no concept of discipline......and far too many parents have substituted abuse for discipline. Our grandkids have had their behinds popped by both momma and daddy and they know that grandpa and grandma have been given permission to administer discipline if needed..........fortunately, both grandpa and grandma haven't lost the tone of voice that gets the message across. My grandkids all use "sir and mam" when speaking to adults (family or strangers), they say "please, thank you and may I" with the ease of any other part of their vocabulary. They know how to be part of a conversation without butting in.....

For what it's worth, neither kittypa or gramkitties (nicknames the kids gave us due to the cats we own as opposed to great grandmother, dogmaw for her dogs) would have to go to that next step...........besides, when we have gone camping with them with their parents, the last place you'll find these kids is inside. From just before sun up to sun set and well into the night they are outside fishing, playing exploring, riding their bikes or running around with other kids in the CG doing the same thing.

The biggest challenge isn't getting them to "close the door" it's getting them in for the night. By time the nightly ritual of making smores over the campfire. everybody discussing what the best part of their day was and just relaxing by the fire enjoying the night sky is done, we usually end up carrying the 2 youngest to their beds.

I know that ideology is not in line with today's politically correctness, but from time to time I substitute teach in our local public schools and I can assure you the present ideology isn't working and the ones who are paying for it are our children.

And to answer your questions Clubhouse... no leaving a door open doesn't justify a pop on the behind, ignoring the admonishment to shut the door 2 or 3 times would merit the discipline. The broken window doesn't result in a pop (unless they had already been warned multiply times) it results in them paying for the glass to replace the window and believe me, having to dig into their piggy banks is the end of the world.

Both of our kids were raised with the understanding that a pop on the behind was a last resort option, the key is not letting it get to that extreme in the first place. Now our kids are raising the grandkids with the same mind set and we've got 2 grandkids in highschool that are on their way to college on academic and band scholarships, we have 2 more that are already in Mensa and every one of them in school are straight "A" students, active in clubs or sports and they all know that just like gates on the farm, doors are to be closed when you go through them.
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