Friday, October 12, 2007

Listening to Mommy

I've always wondered why it's so hard to listen to Mommy, or Daddy for that matter. There seems to be this blockage in our girls' heads at times, one that doesn't allow for listening. They listen to their Grandparents, their aunties, their friends, teachers, siblings...but not their parents. Grrr, can that get frustrating. I know it's all about learning their boundaries and testing their limits, but what about testing MY limits? I can only handle saying "Go brush your teeth" so many times before I want to scream. Or telling them not to do something 15 times before it sinks in. That has to be one of the worst parts of parenting, besides the pukes and runs you get to clean up at 2am.

Anyway, if anyone has any big tips that will make the girls listen on that very first try, please let me know. Don't get me wrong, they aren't always bad or even close to it. The majority of the time they are very sweet, respectful, wonderful and well-behaved. But when that switch is turned, and they are in the "not listening mode," it's almost unbearable. You all know where I'm coming from, right?! Please tell me it's not just my kids!

3 comments:

Mom to 3 Monkeys said...

Your kids listen sometimes?! I am so jealous. I thought the no listening applied ALL the time except of course when Mom loses it and starts to turn HER volume up and holler at them. Yes, I used the word HOllER. Then all of a sudden its like I mean business. I heartily agree, someone tell me where the On button is for little ears. ;)

Carol said...

Oh yes, I can reassure you easily that it's not just your kids.

Love & Logic is helpful, though I'm still working on mastering the techniques... Like my kids dawdling to get pjs on at night...I tell them the light is going off in 5 minutes & end it there. Then amazingly, I come back & they're in their pjs! But like I said, I'm still mastering those techniques and more often then not, I'm hollering too.

Anonymous said...

. . . and let me know if you think it works on husbands. . . .

He just can't hear! HuH??