Discipline Through Entertainment

“You’ve said that a thousand times,” groan our kids. “When will you learn then?” bemoan the parents.

Since repetition is key to learning, Home Is Fun came up with the 1001st way to address the value of virtuous behavior and of discipline. We salvaged a French Fairy Tale (Prince Cheri or Prince Darling written by the author or Beauty and the Beast) and turned it into a hand-puppet show.

Download the visual reportage for free. Enjoy the spectacle...and the ensuing discussions. Read on for conversation starters.

Bonne lecture. (Good reading.)


Repeat. Again, Repeat.

Repetition is the principle of all learning declares Robert F. Bruner, Dean of University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “The deepest ‘aha's’ spring from an encounter and then a return....If one cares about quality of learning, one should consciously design repetitive engagement into courses and daily teaching.” (1)

Regarding the school of life, mom’s and dad’s be encouraged: the 1001st time might be the “aha” moment!

Until then, parental motivation can run sparse. (Bruner warns that finding inspiring repetition is hard in a graduate classroom environment too.) So when your patience and your brain cells are stretched to the max, print out our picture-filled fairy tale and let the kids follow along...or even read it to you.

Prince Darling "Trailer"

The king’s deepest desire is that his cherished only son, Prince Darling, would grow into a good man, and the Fairy of Truth says she’ll help out. A hunting trip veers Prince Darling off the good track and he reveals his spoiled and self-centered side. Oops, his meanness catches up with him and his appearance takes on the attributes of his soul: UGLY.

Glad Prince Darling

(Click on photos to zoom.) 

Amazingly, they eventually live happily ever after.

Engage with Questions

A head hunter recently told me that at a certain level of management, you don’t get if you don’t ask. Performance is a given. In the same way at home, if we want to play in the field of deeper intimacy, we need to give and request.

Create a learning moment and, with your kids, think about how the 18th century fable applies to life in your home, today.

What was the moral of the story? (It is good to be good!) Do you do it? Share an example.

What does acting correctly mean when ______________ (your brother hits you on the head, your sister tattle tells, your parents ask you to share, you don’t like what’s being served for dinner....)?

Download the Prince Darling fable for more questions.

Deep Questions Kids Might Ask Parents

Parents enjoy entertainment too.  One way is through meaningful discussion.  Let the kids learn from you as you connect on the deeper aspects of friendship, limits, and more..

How do you know if your friends are fake or true?

Mom, sometimes you act like a monster, then like a cute dog, then back like a monster. Did you not learn? Can we give you a sign too?!!!! (This has been very helpful in our home. Read up on the Family Annual Review)

Download the Prince Darling fable for more questions.

Bonne entente. Good discussion.

(1) Social Science Research Network

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