It’s Not All Mary Poppins

And I’ll bet you have, too

No, I’ve never done it. Even though you know I am a fan of the stuff. But thought about it? Oh, yeah.

August 28, 2008 - Posted by | Mischief, parenting, the dark side | ,


  1. I laugh every time I see that picture. 🙂 My husband and I joke about covering a wall in velcro, and making our daughter (she’ll be three in October) a velcro suit to match so she’ll stick to the wall for punishments.

    Lucky for her, the cost is a bit prohibitive. 🙂

    Instead of an entire wall, how about just a strip of it? With a matching strip on the back of her shirt, you could have a cost-effective time-out spot!!

    Comment by Kristy | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hehehehehe

    Comment by Zayna | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  3. It is a thought sometimes, but I don’t think my kids would stay still long enough, lol. DH’s school’s principal got duct taped to the wall as a reward for the school doing something great (don’t remember what) – he said it took an incredible amount of duct tape to hold up an adult.

    I wondered how they got that child up there. Seems it would take a lot of time, at least two, if not three adults — and a co-operative baby. In which case, why are you feeling the need to do this, again?

    Comment by Katherine | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. My brother’s first grade teacher. Mrs. Burburich, taped him to his seat with duct tape. He and Tommy both–she was going through the worst menopause in the history of womankind and Ian was not going to get the best of her. No, she was not fired…

    “the worst menopause in the history of womankind”. LMAO

    My second-grade teacher, Mrs. Patton, was a wonderful, wonderful teacher. Who had rather quirky discipline techniques… When Tyrone said a bad word, she told him that if he was going to let garbage come out of his mouth, he belonged with garbage– and, holding him by the ankles, dipped his head into the small garbage can beside her desk. When Randy would not sit still and shut up, she took him “by the scruff of the neck and the seat of his pants”, swung him back and forth a few times, and threatened to throw him out the window.

    As I said, quirky. The essential bit of info here, though, is that everyone, including Tyrone, Randy, and Mrs. Patton, were laughing. She was a lovely woman.

    Comment by Bridgett | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. MY fantasy usually involved duct taping them to the bed. OR, on unusually naughty days to a post near an anthill. Kidding.:)
    Sort of.

    Your children are all still quite young. Are you sure you meant to be writing this in the past tense??

    Comment by carrien (she laughs at the days) | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  6. He he, I shall have to bear this in mind if my “little conversation” doesn’t work! 🙂

    The Broken Man

    Duct tape. Solution to so many of the world’s problems. 🙂

    Comment by The Broken man | August 29, 2008 | Reply

  7. When I taught elementary school, I always secretly wished the walls were velcro and the kids wore velcro outfits. That thought of sticking superhyper kid up on a wall would always bring a smile to my face.

    Comment by mamacita tina | August 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. Well, it hasn’t crossed my mind in a while anyway. lol:)

    Now I just send to 6 year old to catch the 1 year old when she’s having “one of those days” and I’m less worn out that way. 🙂

    Comment by carrien (she laughs at the days) | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  9. That picture is so funny. Now if someone will just invent a mute button for teenagers.

    Comment by chosha | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. We use duct tape to put a “dupey belt” on the 2-yr-old I nanny for who will take off her diaper during bed time and nap time and go potty in her crib (yes, that means changing her sheets every morning and afternoon). Sure, she needs to be potty trained, but holding it for nap time comes later, so in the meatnime, the duct tape is saving us from changing so many sheets~

    Comment by Alicia | September 6, 2008 | Reply

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