Sunday, February 21, 2016

MY KIDS ARE SO NAUGHTY, HOW DO I DISCIPLINE THEM AGAIN?





Gosh darn kids are kids, aren't they!? They're noisy and they're messy. They're rambunctious and rebellious and ratty- at least mine are.

From time to time things are calm and ordered. The young ones go to sleep without a drama, siblings enjoy happy interactions with one another and when they sing the Frozen song, they do so in perfect harmony* but most of the time, it's gosh darn chaos 'round here.

 Exhaustion is at an all time high since our first little lady baby Olive Pip started school some 3 weeks ago. Hot salty tears flow like rain and deep black tyres are a permanent fixture around our eyes. We're sleeplessly sleepy, it's safe to say.

Obviously, when the kids are tired they're a bazillion-gillion times more likely to rebel which means we've had some overwhelming days here at the shack. So much so, it's hard to know where to begin - eat your veggies, don't tell tales, do what you're told the first time, tidy your room, eat your veggies, go to sleep, relax, slow down, don't talk so much you sound like a mosquito buzzing in my ear, slow down, don't run in the house, be kind to your brother, don't pull hair, try not to flood the bathroom every single blessed time you have a bath, be nice, speak kindly, stop acting like a five year old, oh you're actually five, speak slowly, slow down, brush your teeth, eat your veggies and so on.

On any given day there is A LOT to navigate and truth be told, some days I throw my hands in the air and say 'let's get pizza for dinner' but in the long run, that doesn't solve any problems, does it? **

We need to get on top of this debacle called life and regain some sense of control- but the task must be broken down into bite sized pieces. I mean there is no way we can expect to conquer years of inadequate patently in one short week, is there?

First on the list is sleep. Once we conquer sleep, we can address the myriad of other issues.

And how do we solve the problem of sleep, I hear you ask, dear reader (mum, I know you're out there). WITH BRIBERY, OF COURSE.

Today, we sat the kids down and informed them that of they could go to sleep 'fuss free' in 15 minutes each night this week they could have a Lunch Order on Friday as a reward. HUZZAH. It's now 8:07 and I have 3 sleeping children. CALL ME WONDER MOTHER - I'm ready for the accolades.

Only 4 more nights to go.

Wow. that was mammoth.

Tell me, how old are your children, do they go to sleep easily (say no, throw a dog a bone) and what time do they wake up? And while we're at it, do you bribe them or are you judging me?




*okay, that's a lie.

** we all know it does- no cooking, no cleaning, carb loading and beer. Amen. Thank you.





14 comments:

  1. Lol I'm with you on the bribary all the way sista.

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  2. Haha! Bribery wins every time! ;)
    We have 3 similar ages to yours... 5, 3, 1 and the 1 year old is a dream to get to sleep... The girls are in a room together and at the moment it takes F O R E V E R to get them to settle at night! Miss 5 seems wired each night with thoughts from her school days so ha found it hard to settle since starting Kindy. We've started putting an audiobook of Tales of Peter Rabbit on each night and htey're settling better!!

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    1. Oh goodness, I'm so relived to hear it's not just me! Audio books are THE BEST idea! I'm getting on to the tonight!

      xx

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  3. I have a 6, 3 and 2 year old - I've never been so tired. Bedtime is a nightmare every night. It's only got to get better from here, though, right? ;-)

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    1. When it's this exhausting, the only way is up, right?!

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  4. I have a 26-year-old that's just moved back into the house, with her one-year-old son. I'd be thrilled if I could get over the top of this one with a lunch order. Sounds like a good deal.

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    1. You know, I often shock myself with how often I still NEEED my mum and dad. It's daunting that this parenting gig never ends!

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  5. I'm a child development and behavioral specialist, and it's NOT "bribery," it's "reinforcing the desired outcome with a highly desirable event"!!!!! :)

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    1. ahahah LOVE IT!!! Thank you, I'm taking that onboard and will alter my vocab to suit!

      xxx

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  6. Bribery is open to interpretation & must NEVER be viewed as a negative. Bribery is the answer to all things child related. I'm just not sure when it ends.....

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  7. A gigantic moonlike of recommendation, keep moving on, I think this is thoroughly unparalleled.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em