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How I chuckled today when I heard that professional golfer Lee Westwood was forced to apologise after his Mum heard him swearing on live TV. It seems that despite being a professional and in his late thirties Lee is not too old for a good old-fashioned telling-off. Perhaps he’s not too old for a reward chart either?…

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Naughty boy: Lee Westwood (pic by zrim

So Lee Westwood was losing a game of golf and muttered a few swear words. Shame is he was wearing an extremely sensitive microphone and his rambling were aired live on television. To make matters worse his mum was watching and phoned her son to tell him to apologise.

After getting an ear-bashing Westwood tweeted: ‘Sorry about swearing on the 16th tee. Came off like a rocket and thought it was going further! Wash my mouth out! Perils of live TV!’ Lee’s hasty move to toe his Mum’s line makes me wonder if there’s a gap in the market for adult reward charts?

I know if I had an adult reward chart I would initially fail miserably when it comes to tidying my bedroom. Despite moaning at my kids about the state of their rooms my own (or rather our own) room is often a bomb site. Whilst my husband’s side of the room is ‘acceptable’ my side is usually a jumble of strewn clothes, bags, books and magazines. However, the lure of gold stars to place beside my children’s might be enough to make me pick up after myself.

One area that I wouldn’t let myself down would be in the eating department. I would definitely get gold stars for my efforts. Truth be told I just can’t stand the thought of missing out on pudding!

Funnily enough it seems that I’m not the only one who likes to ride the heady heights of the top billing of the reward chart – Madonna does too!
Madonna blowing me a kiss in front row 16th Aug 2006
Good girl: Madonna (pic by misschampers @

The 53-year-old Material Girl recently performed her new single Give Me All Your Luvin’ at the Super Bowl. You’d think that being watched by an estimated audience of 111.3 million viewers would be a thrill for her Madge-sty but no. What mattered most to ‘little-miss-pleaser’ was the thought of making her Dad proud.

Raking up the good girl points, the singer who has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century by Time magazine, said her dad was: ‘the personification of Midwestern values” and added: ‘I’m sure out of all the things I’ve ever done in my life this will be the thing he’s most excited about.”

Give the girl a gold star!

Would your parents give you gold stars on an adult reward chart? Do your parents still tell you off for bad language or behaviour despite the fact that you’re a grown-up? Is it one rule for your kids but a different rule for you? Please share your comments here!

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