Sunday, February 04, 2007


I'm beginning to hate weekends. All her behavior issues seem to come to a head on the weekends. Is it me?

Can you tell I'm just blogging in the midst of stress? She is currently scrubbing floors as a consequence for behavior. All she had to do was make her bed. This is a simple thing. Instead, she straightened the blanket hanging off the top bunk and currently serving as her clubhouse, to cover up the unmade bed. I told her that was lying. She got mad, slammed the door, etc.

I later told her lunch was ready when her bed was made. she came out of her room royally pissed off and talking back. I told her to go to her room to calm down and then come back. She litterally looked at me and yelled "No!". It's probably a good thing that we're not allowed to touch kids since a swat on the behind seemed quite appropriate at that moment.

Anyway, she continued to refuse to go to her room, including the famous "Make me!". I put lunch away. She eventually went to her room, came out cheerful and had lunch. So now she's scrubbing three floors for the three times she was defiant and disobedient. Oi!

I really hope this actually leads to a behavior change. A clean house is nice and all but I'd much rather have dirty floors and less stress!!!!


Kiana said...

Well as you know we don't have kids but when Blake moved in with us for those 4 months we went through a lot of the same things.. More at first, less as time went by.

I have a compost pile out back that is huge, and a monster chore when it's time to turn the pile. While Blake was here, I never had to turn it. IT WAS SO NICE!!! And he learned fast having to do that much work. I think it bothered him more though that we didn't get upset back at him, just pointed to the pile and withheld anything he wanted until the pile was done.

Don't let her fits get to you. I know you well enough to be sure that your the kind of parent most kids wish for. I'm sure your doing a great job.

I'm not watching it but, Happy Superbowl weekend!

Love and miss you!

Klondike Kate said...

Kiana - you're the greatest! I really appreciate your comments and encouragement. Thanks! I do wish we were closer!

Kiana said...

I wish we lived closer too!

JD Plumma said...

If she was my kid, you could swat her butt. I believe it's not about pain at all, but, about paying attention to authority and rules to follow. I can understand your position, though. It sounds like you have a level head about the discipline and she will respect that (and be grateful) later in life. Kudos.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I weekends can be harder, because you change your routine. I have noticed that with my kids, there are often not as good on the weekends. J