Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, available on Blu-ray and DVD June 21st.
Parents Beware! Parents know their kids "hiding something" face but how often can you tell what your kids are really up to? Here are a few tips on how to tell when your kids are getting into trouble and some solutions to keep parents two steps ahead of the game every time.
Junk food under the bed, dresser, closet, backpack - the list can go on - is a common thing that kids hide. Do a quick parent sweep from time to time and make sure they're not spoiling their appetite or teeth. Signs that your kids might be stashing junk food start with their appetite. If your kids aren't hungry at dinnertime and they are in perfectly good health, it's time to start checking their pockets for Gummy Bears. Also, finding wrappers on their bedroom floor is a major sign they're sneaking junk food. Encourage your kids to eat healthy snacks and you can play a major role by stocking your kitchen with healthier treats. Don't let them get past you!
A BAD GRADE
It's understandable that kids get intimidated when it's time to tell mom and dad they got a bad grade. It's possible your kids might try to hide the bad grade by never showing it to you. A major sign your kids are hiding their grades is telling you the grades aren't ready yet, or if it seems like your kids are avoiding the question altogether. Come out on top by asking their teachers for their grading styles, IE, "How many days after assignments/tests are submitted will grades be ready?" Another great tip is to encourage your kids to communicate with you, even when it's bad news, because you will be able to provide them with the best support. Mom and dad will surely understand!
NOT DOING THEIR CHORES
From saying they did their homework to insisting they did their chores, kids will always try to find a way to get out of something. Obviously, if the dishes aren't washed but they said they did them, then your kids aren't having to try too hard to get past you. Be stern and consistent when implementing your rules. A nice routine to have with your kids is to look over their homework every night and take a quick sweep at chores they were supposed to do. They shouldn't be able to get by Mom or Dad!
With pre-teen/teens in mind, you might start noticing a lot of "I'm at Sarah's house again" or "We're at the mall". Parents should spot this trip immediately since they pulled it at some point or another in their youth. If your kids say they were at a movie but can't tell you the name or plot at all, well, your kids weren't there! Most teens have a cell phone so make sure you go over Mom and Dad's rules for keeping a cell phone. Now a days, it's convenient for parents to keep tabs on their kids via cell phone; however, the results could backfire. If you make sure cell phone rules are strongly enforced, Mom and Dad will definitely have the upper hand on this one!
BREAKING SOMETHING VALUABLE
Let's face it, when kids get bored, they are bound to get themselves into trouble. They sneakily pass you in the kitchen with a suspicious look on their face and expect you not to notice. Well, it is likely your kids probably just broke your favorite vase, ripped the leather in your car, spilled red juice on your new white couch...you name it, they probably did it! Kids are going to try and hide the incident, or at least delay your discovery as long as they can. When you notice your kids are acting strangely (stranger than usual anyway), and believe they are hiding something, confront them. Let them know that if they fess up and tell the truth, the consequences will be much less severe. Take control and show them who's boss!
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