Seriously, how many times have you heard moms say the phrase, be nice or I will…. take away your stuffed animal or take away computer time or tv time or bla ,bla ,bla. How many times have I said this? Way too many! I’m actually starting to annoy myself with this phrase. How many times do I follow through when the unfavorable behavior does not stop? Uhhhhhhh…about 50% of the time. Its rough being the warden of the house, the bad cop, the mean mommy. I have this unrealistic vision that whenever I say this , they will get scared and magically behave. Well, I suppose they would magically behave if I followed through, like Every time! But, I admit, I don’t. Why? Because when I proclaimed that Doggie the stuffed dog could not sleep with my little princess, it was about 11:00 in the afternoon. It is now bed time and I feel horrible. After all, the drama occurred earlier in the day. She was quite well behaved the rest of the day and now I’m ruining a sweet bed time moment when I read her a story and kiss her goodnight. So, what is the solution to my dilemma? Maybe I should just treat the situation like a person would deal with a pet. Swift action in the heat of the moment. If she is playing with a toy at that moment, it gets taken away. Waiting until bed time is just like holding onto a grudge. From this day forth, I will try my best to not use that phrase. I will try to deal with the situation as it occurs and basically forgive, forget and move on. Let’s see how I do.
Now, you all go out there and behave! Why? Because the mama said so!