Thursday, January 01, 2009
Today Jimmy and I decided to take a stronger but more loving approach to parenting -- yeah, whatever, we just don't want to yell anymore. It doesn't work, isn't loving and sounds ugly.
So, Annie had an entire ark's worth of stuffed animals in the foyer -- I guess it looked like a good playground to her. At 5:30 p.m. Jimmy told her that she had until 6 p.m. to clean them up or they would be thrown out. We gave her a couple of warnings and at 5:59 p.m. I walked with her over to them and reminded her one last time.
As she sorted through them, and began to grab some of them to take upstairs. I reminded her that they needed to go where they belonged. I guess that was ONE too many reminders because Annie replied -- in all seriousness, "Hey! Quit talking to me like some kinda mad woman!"
I had to walk away because seeing me laugh would just have encouraged her....
2009 might just be a little more challenging (and humorous) than I expected.
photo taken at the Pirate Museum in Nassau, Bahamas.