Thursday, December 4, 2008

Yeah...THAT didn't work!

Sometimes I am guilty of handing out consequences without really thinking things through.

Let's just take Tuesday, for example.

The girls and I had battled all morning over cleaning the playroom. We had planned to meet some friends at the park after lunch, but I had told the girls that we weren't having lunch until the playroom was clean (which should have taken all of 4 minutes).

The minutes ticked by, and the room was still not clean. In my frustration, I shouted out calmly explained that it was almost time to leave for the park, but since they had not finished cleaning up in time to eat lunch at home, they would have to take their lunch to the park to eat.

Okay, stop laughing. I know...a picnic in the park on a beautiful day. How horrible!

Here was my logic - Instead of playing with their friends in the park, they would have to sit all alone and eat. While watching all of the fun they could be having if only they had obeyed Mommy at home, they would become extremely remorseful and vow to be obedient until the end of time.

Obviously, that didn't happen.

On the way to the park, brown bags in hand, Grace actually thanked me for letting them have a picnic. "Not everyone is lucky enough to eat their lunch at the park!" she said.


After eating their sandwiches and spending a few minutes in time out, they did apologize. I'm kind of doubting, though, that this will be a lesson they will remember. Unless, of course, the lesson I was going for was, "Mommy doesn't think too quickly on her feet!"

I wish kids came with a discipline cheat-sheet. I wish they made playbooks for mommies that we could wear on our wrists like football players. No huddle or timeout required. One glance at my arm, and I'd know just what to do next.

Could someone start working on that?


Missy said...

Your punishments sound like mine! Ugh! I look at this way - 2 heads are better than my one - so I am outnumbered - so they have extra brainpower to turn a punishment into something fun & wonderful.

Love your header by the way!!!

Alana said...

Hi Leslie, I wanted to stop by and say "thank you" for your comment on my blog! Those girls are just your header! This story is so funny and I've definitely been there. Live and learn, I guess ;-)

oh, how cool the word verification on this comment is blesses ;-)

The Allens said...

That is hilarious! TOO cute!

Ms. Tee said...

Awww, how sweet that she said that! I'm afraid my punishment wouldn't have lasted long after that, either. ;) Hope you have a great weekend~

Judy said...

It doesn't get easier... I am sorry to say.. besides punishment they will come up with questions that you think "how do I answer that?"....

I think you are a great Mom. And I love your authenticity.

Rebecca said...

I'm sure I'll end up doing that!