Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Instant BRAT-ification


Dom

Will

I love my kids.  I really do.  They are my snuggle bunnies, my heart, my reasons for living.  I adore them.

But man... there are DAYS.  Moms, you know what I'm talking about!  I mean, I try really hard to teach them right from wrong, to be polite, to share... but I obviously need to do a better job of also teaching them PATIENCE.

Having to wait 2 minutes for a drink is the equivalent of a man in the desert dying of thirst.  This is how a typical conversation goes in our house these days:

-Dom: "Mama? Mama!! Mommmmmmm! Mommy!"
-Me: "What honey?"
-Dom: "I need milk."
-Me: "OK, just a minute please, let Mommy finish putting away the dishes."
-Dom: "But I need milk! I'm thirsty!"
-Me: "I know, I'll be done in just a minute, please be patient."
-Dom: *whine* *cry* *pout* *throws toys* *throws empty cup*
-Me: "Dom, that is not how you act when you want something. You ask Mommy nicely and you wait."
-Dom: "Mommy, may I please have more milk?"
-Me: "Yes you may, you just need to wait 1 minute, and then I will be done."
-Dom: "MILKKKKKKKKKKK! AHHHHHHH!"

At this point, I'm elbows-deep in the dishes/laundry/insert chore here and I'm ready to lose my mind. And usually my temper too. 

-Me: "WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE! DO YOU NOT SEE THAT I AM DOING SOMETHING? I WILL GET YOUR MILK WHEN I AM DONE! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY JUST SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET!!!!!!!"

-Silence.

-Dom: *lower lip pokes out* *lower lip trembles* *eyes water*
-Me: *feeling like a speck of dirt*

But he just knows exactly which buttons to push! As if 1 minute was the end of the world! Will's conversation is a little different, but equally frustrating.

-Will: "Mama! MUK! [he can't really say milk yet] MUK! Want some! MORE!"
-Me: "OK baby, just a minute."
-Will: "MUKKKKKKK! AAAHHHHHHH! MUUKKKKKKKK!" *cry* *scream* *throw tantrum*
-Me: *bald*

I know I've shared this video before on the blog, but it's just so appropriate for this post:







Sigh. Methinks I need a little more patience myself.



Tell me I'm not alone! Share your tips on teaching patience!! I'd love to hear them!

Ciao, lovelies!


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5 comments:

  1. It sounds like you have a troublesome twosome on yours hands. I was a nanny, so I know what you're talking about. Like your saying in order to teach patience you have to be patient. Don't worry they'll get it :)

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  2. I am so going to need to learn this also as Emma gets older. It gets hard with her not wanting to go to sleep at night.

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  3. I am so going to need to learn this before we have kids one day!! ah!

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  4. I can totally relate to you, on every level. You just described most of my day as well. Its the whinny that really gets me lol! As far as teaching patience, I try to teach my self that first, especially when my four year old has a problem and instead of explaining it just cries, I tell my self to stay calm not get frustrated, I count to ten, and that usually helps. Im just ready for this phase to be over, but I try and keep in mind its just a phase. Hang in there momma :)

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  5. I'm so right there with you! I'm just starting out in this whole patience with kiddies game, so unfortunately I don't have much advice to give yet. Ever since Sofia's been walking and therefore into EVERYTHING that she's not supposed to be into, it's been a challenge to my level of patience. And she's only 14 months! We have a long way to go, so I could use any advice to be given, too :) BTW, I LOVE that Family Guy clip!

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