Text from me: "We will not be meeting you at the zoo. We are not rewarding this behavior." Time Stamp: 7:14 am,
My early risers have been rising extra early for over a week now. I am talking 5am, and not just the baby to eat. Both of them. They are tired which will always exaggerate their bad behavior. There have been plenty of mornings when I am putting Little Man down for his nap and I am making Little Miss take some bedroom quiet time. In fact it is 12:30 while I am typing this and they have both been in bed for 45 minutes already.
This is what we are dealing with:
- Not listening
- Sassing back by either letting some sort of yell or saying "NO"
- Pressing the limits
Then my parenting brain kicks in and I am saying to myself: If I don't do something about this she is never going to listen to me. She will have no respect for authority and she will be a teenager running around doing God knows what.
Then I take a deep breathe and pray. I thank God for letting me be her Mommy. I thank God for blessing me with children at all (tomorrow's post about PCOS). I then am reminded of Proverbs 22:6 "Train your child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will depart from it."
I know I need to 'nip this in the bud' as they say. I know I need to be consistent with punishments for not listening and sassing back. Oh and the mommy guilt that gets me when I put her in her room! Time outs are not working, the whole 1 minute for every year of life idea. It's just not working. She screams for 3 minutes and then does the exact same behavior. Making her sit in her room that seems to be working, sometimes.
What works for you?
I am looking for some sort of reward/consequence system. I am thinking something we can transition into allowances when the time comes.