I try to get a little creative with how I discipline my children. I do things like make a spectacle out of tossing the dollar store/happy meal toys they don't play with anyway, I cut the cheap clothes that can't fit anymore, I take away their bracelets, I tell them that the toys r us trip has been cancelled even though I had no intentions of taking them in the first place or I threaten to leave their hair uncombed. All tend to be effective, but sometimes they push me to the limit.
Mercury was definitely in retrograde, earlier this week, because my girls were tripping. We were having major communication issues. For some strange reason, they kept forgetting that I'm the boss. I think they must be going through early on set synchrony because they were each coming for me, at the same time.
The little one is prematurely "terrible twoing" it. She's got another 3 weeks before her birthday but has recently started yelling at us and telling us "NO!" She's also making a habit of expressing how naughty she thinks we are. I'm ok with that last one, because it seems that daddy is naughtier than mommy. However, she wasn't too happy with me during her first experience with the time out stool. I had to improvise and use a stool because I wasn't prepared. With the bigger girls, we bought a cute, green, plastic kid-friendly chair from Ikea that sat against our dining room wall. That chair has since been thrown out and we have yet to buy a new one. I thought we had time but she's proving that we may need to start a little earlier. The stool was higher than expected so her feet couldn't touch the ground. She was a little uneasy because she looked like she was sitting on the edge of a cliff. I had to turn my back to her because I was ready to give in once she stretched out her little arms and said "Mommy, please" in her sweet baby voice. After about 60 seconds, I scooped her up and gave her a stern, well kinda stern, talking to. She promised to be a good girl and went on to bother her sisters.
The middle one was in rare form. She had an answer and/or a smart remark for everything. At one point she gave me a "well you heard what I said..." and " you're not the boss of me", neck twisting and all. I had to look around to see if there was anyone else in the room because there was no way she was talking to me like that. I became my mother in that moment and almost sent her to bed without dinner. I decided to feed her but only after she did what I asked - clean the finger painting mess that she made, do her religion homework and take a shower. There were some tears, but when they act like that I have no remorse.
The big one just went berserk and had a bit of a meltdown because she couldn't watch Jeopardy at the moment she wanted to watch it. At 7 o'clock, I want these kids to start winding down. It's 3 of them and we have to fit in dinner, homework, shower, story and bedtime, all before 8:30 because Momma needs time to relax with a glass of Arbor Mist.
So I call Marley down to let her know it's time for her shower.
Marley: Mom, Jeopardy's about to come on. Can I watch it?
Me: Take your shower first.
Marley: MOM!!! NO!!! I need to watch it.
Me:This is the last time I'm going t say it. Go take your shower.
Marley: I'm going to miss it.
Me: Right now, you've only missed 3 minutes. Keep this up and you'll miss all 30.
Marley: Mooooooooom!!! (as she drops to her knees because of course it's the WORST DAY EVER!!!!!)
Me: Marley, I don't have time for this. Get up and go take your shower NOW. (darnit, she made me say it again.)
Marley: (as she stomps up the stairs) you're the worst mom ever.
Me: I hear everything. You've missed you opportunity to watch Jeopardy tonight. If you stomp up one more step, you're going to miss it tomorrow.
Don't get me wrong. I truly appreciated that she wanted to watch Jeopardy because she can definitely learn a few things, but when I say 'go take your shower' she better go take her shower. End of story. No negotiations.
I love my girls, but I constantly have to remind them of that 6th commandment. These situations always end up with tears and a heartfelt apology on their end.
When will they realize that Mommy Always wins win.