Friday, April 3, 2009

Handle This

All you out there who watch your Super Nanny or read your precious Love and Logic and the like, could you please tell me just how a mother is to respond appropriately to the following?

Abe: Mom, Goldie and I were playing with this balloon with Penny in her room, and she was just so happy, but Daisy came in and told us to get out, and when we said we were here first, she punched me!
Here Abe and Daisy are in happier times -- sharing a brownie. (That's why their faces are messy. My kids faces aren't just always messy . . . then again, maybe they are. The kind of mother whose kids punch each other is probably the kind of mother to never wash their faces).

6 comments:

Kelly said...

I just read your dryer post and everytime that d*&%$d buzzer goes off I jump sky high. I want to start calling my dryer haunted too but I think I just keep bumping things into it.

I love to watch Supernanny, because it helps me to feel better about myself. My kids have a strange fascination with her. It is almost love hate. They love to watch the naughty kids and they also love to make sure that I won't call Supernanny on them! They seriously ask me ALOT if I am going to call Supernanny.

Tia Juana said...

When things like this happen I like to catch my kids off guard and ask them some applorable thing relating to the incident that would never happen - like, for instance, in this situation I would likely say something like "Well, Abe, that's terrible, I hope you stood up right in her face and stuck your tongue right her, right between her eyeballs since you were so close and then pushed her up tight against the wall and dared her to eat your knuckle sandwich while you and Daisy plucked off all her toenails! Yes, that's what I hopeed you did, because that would be the Chirst-like thing to do!"

And then, when I have said such a thing to my children (no lie, I really do this regularly) they are laughing so hard that they have forgotten that it was such an injustice in the first place and it makes them really think about what Jesus would want them to do, and then, I don't have to teach them - they already know!!!!!

Perla said...

which are you more concerned about--the punching or the ever horrifying balloon/toddler/death connection?

Perla said...

oh i just saw kelly's comment and i should totally have my kids watch supernanny so that i can threaten to call her. i'm sure she'd think that was a great parenting tactic.

Mugsy said...

Nanc I was littlerally kicking at Will to keep him seperated from Joe, who was clinging to my arm as he pulled it to hide behind me. I am pretty sure, though Joe deserved whatever punishment Will had coming for him, that Will would have killed Joe with the crazy, angry, look that was on his face. Not to mention the way he was breathing. He is so stinkin strong I could only keep him away from Joe by pushing him with my foot.....And this happens all the time.
So sorry to hear your sadness, but I numb numb numb to your pain........

jami said...

ok, i can't even BEGIN to compete with tia's advice :) so i won't ... all i'll say is that i'd be happy the punching too place with a sibling and not a neighbor. (like my sister's little boy who gave his neighbor a black eye. not that any punching is good, but you know what i mean ... )

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