Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You are not the boss of me

I think that is what D is trying to declare, but of course, I counter with, "Oooh, but I am...."
She likes to object to what I want her to do like...brush your teeth. "No."
"If you don't brush your teeth, then I won't carry you."
"Fine." And I walk away. And then D hurries to say, "I'm gonna brush my teeth! I'm gonna brush my teeth!"
Me: "Too late. Now I don't care and I'm still not carrying you."
Which results in a lot of crying...and I don't care.
Is that mean of me? Yes. I think it is and I don't think it's the right way to go about it. But I'm too immature to respond in the positive, correct way. I just don't know.

Today was interesting though. I think I've mentioned before that D does not take naps willingly. We can only get her to nap if we drive her around in a car. So, today I tried to get her to take a nap asking if she'd do so if I napped with her in her room. (I was pretty sure that was not going to work but y'never know. Sometimes kids surprise you.) Negative. It didn't work.
So, she's playing in my room. I'm telling her to get out of my room because if she doesn't want to nap, well she can't play in my room. She still needs to be in her room. Her response, No!
She says, "Carry?" Which is her way of asking me to pick her up.
Me:"No, I will not carry you. I would like you to take a nap and since you won't, I won't carry you."
D starts to cry, "But I want you to! I want you to carry me!"
Me: "No. If I carry you, will you take a nap?"
D: "No!"
Me: "Then I will not carry you."
This goes on for the next two minutes with her crying too.
Then I turn to leave the room and she cries, "Don't walk away from me!"
That was really too cute. So of course I turn around and pick her up and tell her she is ridiculous.
I guess she wins (cuz I picked her up)
But then I drove her around and she fell asleep. If I can JUST figure out how to get her to take a nap willingly!! I would save a lot of gas.