Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Kid Bedtime = Mom Grumpy Time

I actually had a really nice evening (will write more tomorrow or the next day), but that 7:30-8:30 time frame is probably my least favorite time of the day. Visions of cuddling with sleepy, clean kids in pajamas, talking about our day or reading a book...just shattered. Every. Single. Night.

Well, sometimes we get to do the fun, relaxed, cuddly thing.

More often than not though, it's "Brush your teeth! Keep your hands off your sister. Have you brushed your teeth yet? Why are you running around the house naked with a pillow on your head? Get your pajamas on! Wash your face!" You get the point.

Tonight, 7 year old daughter D walked into my room in her pajamas, looking bored (she had been banned from the bathroom until her sister, 4 year old A, was done in there). I was getting clothes ready for the next day.

Me: "Is your sister STILL brushing her teeth?!"
D: "Yeah."
Me: "Well, she's about to lose that privilege."
D: "Brushing her teeth?!"
Me: "Yes."
D: (laughing) "Brushing your teeth is not a privilege, you HAVE to do it every day, two times a day or more."
Me: "Fine then. I'll find another privilege to take away. Like washing her hands."

D totally told on me to my husband too.


Blogger WinterWheat said...

Excellent attempt at reverse psychology. Sorry your kid is too smart to buy it. :-)

11:32 AM, February 15, 2006  
Anonymous buleria said...


12:37 PM, February 15, 2006  
Blogger cjblue said...

WW, I learned early with these kids that reverse psychology doesn't work. I was just really grumpy and loss of privilege is an oft-used threat around my house. A kneejerk reaction, really, cause I wan't exactly paying attention. D, on the other hand, pays attention to everything - and calls me on it. Smartypants kid.

1:04 PM, February 15, 2006  
Anonymous kyahgirl said...

love that!

hey, I use the timer with some success at bedtime. If jammies aren't on and teeth brushed within 8 minutes, the offender loses story time. try it :-)

p.s. I moved again-last time :-)

9:06 PM, February 26, 2006  
Blogger cjblue said...

Kyahgirl, I've tried the timer thing, but it seems to turn them into screaming, whining keystone kids. I have to separate them most of the time - have one getting dressed while the other does the bathroom stuff, etc.

I'll try the timer again though.

11:02 AM, February 27, 2006  

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