Scene: Oldest kid is provoking middle child, one parent is outside hanging laundry (doesn't know what the arguing is about), other parent is upstairs trying to put youngest child to bed for nap. Upstairs parent tells the kids to stop yelling (twice), finally outside parent hears maniacle screaming and drops the laundry and runs in the house to break up the screaming fit. One look at the face of the parent coming in the house is enough to get the kids (both of them) to stop screaming.
So: screaming has stopped (by proximity and a really really scary looking face)
But what to do about teaching them how inappropriate it is to 1- instigate and 2- scream like maniacs
What are the consequences to said behaviour? (ha ha... screaming at the kids might not be what I'm looking for, though it was my first instinct... so easy, yet so stupid in this situation)
Questions: 1) What is the logical consequence for screaming and instigating?
2) Was it caused by lack of parental supervision? (don't forget your reality check though, kids will be in many situations where a grown up just steps out or is out of sight but still hearing distance often.)
3) What would you do?