Baby girl gave me the countdown the other day…yes, that’s what I said…the countdown.
It was bath time and she wasn’t in the mood to cooperate with Mommy. So she was running around and causing lots of mischief. Now Baby girl knows when she’s pushing the boundaries and she also knows just how darn cute she is so sometimes she tries to use her adorability factor to try to get away with stuff. She will just throw her head back and laugh as she refuses to put on her PJ’s or she’ll give me the big brown puppy dog eyes when I catch her putting her barrettes in her juice.
But I was tired and it was time for the girls to go to bed, plus Diva girl really wanted a story before she went to sleep so I was trying to factor all that in and make sure they still went to bed at a decent hour.
Well Baby girl wasn’t interested. Now, I had 2 choices…
Firm tone with consequences.
Yelling was my first inclination (yeah I know…bad mommy).
I went with the firm tone just so you know. Then I gave her the countdown.
1-2-3-4…..don’t let me get to 5
This usually works quite well, as the girls know that waiting until 5 is not their best option. Privileges and treats are in jeopardy and the threat of time spent in their room looms over them.
Well, she let me get to 5. Yes, she did. So she was put in her room while I helped Diva girl get ready for bed.
Now that the attention was no longer on her, Baby girl proceeded to wail at the top of her lungs (she was laughing in between so don’t feel too bad). Then she decided she wanted me to come help her get dressed after all, to which I said “When you are ready to listen to Mommy, then I will come back in there…”
The child started counting…
Now Diva girl is staring at me in shock and then she burst out laughing. I told her to stop and she said…
“But Mommy, it’s so funny!” and since I was trying not to laugh myself, I told her to try to laugh quietly so Baby girl didn’t hear us.
One…two….’free’….four….DON’T LET ME GET TO FIVE MOMMY!