Today, I showed the 2 year olds that I cannot be out stubborned. They were very unhappy to learn this.
Two hours before dinner last night, I told the small ones that they would need to clean up the bucket of Duplos and the bucket of Thomas Trains that they had dumped out on the living room floor before dinner. One hour before dinner, I reminded them. Dinner came, plates were made up, the rest of us sat down…and two little boys had the nerve to look shocked and distraught that their plates were not among those on the table.
“I will be glad to get your plates as soon as you finish cleaning up your mess in the living room,” I told them….and told them…and told them many times over the next few hours.
My words were always met with a loud/angry/whiney “Noooo” or “Don’t want to”.
No problem :)
Unfortunately, they thought it was better to go to bed hungry than clean up their mess. Fine by me, the choice was in their hands: Do 3 minutes of clean up and eat or go to sleep hungry. They made their choice and stood strong by each other.
What they did not anticipate is that my stubbornness would carry through to breakfast.
Once again they were met with the dreaded words “I will be glad to get your breakfast as soon as you clean up your mess in the living room.”
They lasted about 2 hours with the occasional sad little whine of “Hungry…” here and there. Finally they made a different choice and the living room floor is once again free of Duplo booby traps.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, they are asking for their third! helping of cereal.
Posted: Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 @ 10:07 am
Categories: Incoherant Rambling, Jelly, Moments in Momdom, Peanut Butter, The Twin Journey.
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