I was clearing one of my kitchen shelves one day and found a bag of chrysanthemum tea sachets that were going to expire in a week.
I asked the son and the husband if they were going to assist me in drinking them up and both of them said no.
So the next day, right after a terrible tantrum, the son was sitting in the kitchen to calm down. I secretly made a cup of chrysanthemum tea for him and left it on the counter.
Sitting next to him, I asked him if he enjoyed his tantrums and being scolded by the dad for all his nonsense. I also told him that he has the ability to manage himself and learn to do as he is told. I later handed him the drink and casually said, “maybe this might help you be good too”.
And it has stuck ever since. Whenever he had a meltdown, he’d ask for his “good boy tea”.
Now that there are no tea sachets left, he’s been bugging us to get more so he can continue to be a “good boy”!
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.