In a previous post I asked about whether parents resorted to smacking and one commenter (anonymous) came over here with a pair of size 12 bovver boots and stomped all over what everyone had said by pointing a finger and saying that we were being holier than thou and oh boy aren’t we just lucky to have such well behaved children.
The comment wasn’t rude or particularly outrageous so I don’t really know why the author wouldn’t leave their name, but it read like this:
Wow, lots of virtuous parents out there – good on you all for being so fabulous – maybe you could all co-contribute to a self-help book for parents with ‘tricky’ kids? Look it up if you don’t know who/what these kids are…
I sure as heck know what a tricky child is like.
As I commented, my 3-year-old daughter has taken my husband and I right to the edge of sanity and had us throwing our hands up in despair because we just didn’t know what to do with her or how to stop her being so naughty.
We try to ignore it now and tell ourselves that she’s going to be a fabulously, feisty and independent young lady.
“It’s a phase” we sigh as we clean up the devastation.
Here is how well behaved my daughter is.
In the last 48 hours she has:
- Locked herself in the toilet at a pasta restaurant and toyed around with her ‘deposit’ with the toilet brush.
- Decapitated two worms with her bare hands while playing in the garden then tried to store them in her bedroom ‘to look at later’.
- Daubed sugar pink lipstick all over the walls, doors, bedroom furniture – in fact everywhere except her lips.
- Hidden my i-Phone in the kitchen bin. Then forgot she put it there.
- Used my white duvet cover as a sheet of paper when she wanted to write something urgently. In red Biro.
- Called me an idiot.
- Bitten a chunk of skin out of her brother’s back ‘to get his attention’.
- Ate the contents of the biscuit barrel in secret and smashed said barrel in the process.
- Discarded her squeezy strawberry yoghurt ‘pot’ by launching it across the lounge so splattering uneaten yoghurt up the walls, over the sofa and up the TV screen.
- Hides her toothbrush in bizarre places (dad’s gym bag, under the bed, her brother’s wardrobe) so she doesn’t have to brush her teeth.
- ‘Missed’ the toilet while going for a wee and peed on the floor because ‘it’s funny’.
- Flat refuses to wipe after going to the toilet because ‘it’s boring’.
- Threw the rest of her dinner on the floor, under the table, so I would think she’d eaten it.
Listen to me real good – it is HAAAAAARD work mothering this child.
But boy is she gorgeous when she throws her arms around me and says “I love you sooo much mummy”