Whether you love her or hate her, I find Amy Chua (Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother) fascinating. I think I was the only mom who stuck up for her at book club.
In honor of Amy's approach to raising disciplined and focused kids, I tried using her threat of burning all the kids' stuffed animals if they didn't play a song perfectly. Jack has been struggling with a piece for weeks and he never remembers to play the staccato notes correctly.
Unfortunately, when I employed Amy's threats, my kids laughed at me. Repeatedly. I tried to prove my point by getting out the matches. That just resulted in a fit of giggles.
I have got to email Amy to find out what I'm doing wrong.