My son enjoys his air conditioner more than just about anything.
When I realized this last year, I started thinking that I could use it to our fortune to help with disciplining him! I prefer this kid, although he gets into so much trouble at school that sometimes I don’t even believe what to do with him, but he doesn’t particularly mind if I take away his cellphone or his vehicle or computer, because he’s kind of a loner anyway.
He prefers staying home, and so I can’t particularly ground him from going to friends’ houses or parties or things like that. The one thing that I did believe that he particularly liked was the window unit air conditioner unit that the two of us got him to put up in his upstairs family room a few years ago; Before that, he was always complaining that the central air conditioner in the rest of the apartment just wasn’t doing the job upstairs in his corner family room. I suppose since heat rises and he’s up at the top of the house, the air conditioner just wasn’t powerful enough to keep his room cooled off in the middle of the summer. Well, once I realized that the one thing that he would miss the most was his air conditioner, that’s what I took away from him the legitimately next time that he got into trouble at school. He came house to find that his air conditioner and the remote control for it were no longer in his room. Instead, they were locked in our family room closet and he was grounded from his air conditioner until he got his act together and started acting more responsible.