Discipline and Punishment ...
Funny little things.
Both meant to teach our children (and/or adults) order and keep them on the right path.
So here is where I am having an issue.
Poppins, "You are being naughty, you need to please go sit on your bed right now."
Child, "I don't want to go sit on my bed."
Poppins, "I'm sorry you feel that way, but I wasn't asking, I was telling." (The only time in my life where telling is ok...sorry....writer joke)
Child, "But I want to watch TV."
Poppins, "And I want a million dollars, you don't see me getting my way. Now go sit on your bed."
Child, "But that's boring."
And so on and so forth until eventually ... you know what comes next ...
You know ... the kind that comes shrill cries and screams of "I don't want to!!!" and "You always make me sit on my bed!!" and all sorts of other things that are not true but still make the hairs on your back stick straight up.
In the mean time you are thinking...
Patrick Dempsey... I mean Peaceful Serenity
And all this happens in about 1.3 minutes but feels like 12.9 hours.
This is how punishment and discipline happens in my house. Fortunately we were graced with a particularly difficult child and no matter what the punishment, the battle of wills rages on before it is ever carried out.
I love it...I love setting up consequences that punish me more than my children.
I'm not really complaining a whole lot but mostly just laughing at how torturous lovely parenthood is. Its just been one of those weeks over here in the Poppins household. Me of all my forceful and cruel tactics of making my child sit on his bed or pick up his room. I'm practically the meanest parent alive!
Do you ever find yourself the one being punished in the midst of discipline?