Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm a Drill Sergeant ...I Mean a Mom!

I had a realization today. Ari is getting away with a lot. There are several reasons for this:

1. I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant and too tired to fight with him
2. Two-year-olds are inherently exhausting creatures
3. Being a mom takes discipline and I just want to take a big old nap.

Do you see a running theme here? Exhaustion!

Today I decided I was going to stop this pattern of indifference due to chronic fatigue. Today was the day I was going to take charge.

He wanted to watch TV first thing in the morning.
"NO." I said plainly. "We're going to eat breakfast!"
He wanted to watch TV again after breakfast.
"NO." I replied "We're going to the library."
He wanted to go home after the library.
"NO." I told him. "We're going to the playground!"
He ran around at the playground and when it was time to go home, didn't want to leave.
"Bye!" I said waving to him at the gate, he followed me with no hesitation.
When we got home, He refused to eat lunch and demanded chocolate milk.
"NO chocolate milk. Eat your sandwich first!" He screamed, cried and finally he begrudging ate his peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat and an entire apple.
He wanted to watch TV again!
"NO, play with your cars." I instructed him. "Then in 15 minutes you are going to take a nap." He whined, screamed and eventually played with his cars.
15 minutes later I said:
"Okay, it's time to take a nap."
"I want to nap on the chair." He was sitting in the most uncomfortable chair in our apartment.
"No, you need to nap in the bed." I advised him.
I carried him literally kicking and screaming to the bed and he fell asleep next to Wil.

Based upon today's events, I think I could easily have a career in the military. No?


  1. your day sounds like my every one of mine.

  2. HA HA HA! I can only imagine, with six!!

  3. my kids get away with everything. i am so not strict. you give me hope that maybe, if i toughen up a little, maybe they will listen to me..

  4. HA! I don't know what's gonna happen when my baby girl comes along. At least I know I CAN enforce rules if I need to. It's in there. Somewhere in my brain.

  5. It sounds like you did pretty well today. Being in charge is really exhausting and I am not kidding when I say that. I give into the t.v. watching too much.

  6. Lisa, you are not kidding! It is exhausting! I am all about the TV these days. Ari very well may BECOME a TV he watches so much, but I had to lay down the law because he was being defiant! Oh two year olds!

  7. I think Mean Mommies do what's BEST for their children!

  8. I'd say you're more a General than a Sergeant - way to take charge!!! Cadet Ari better shine his boots! :)

  9. God bless you for doing pregnancy with a two year old. I am starting to see how hard that can be in the early stages of my wife's pregnancy. Hang in there. Sounds like you're doing great.

  10. LOL Totally. Love the pics and seriously- so been there! Drill Sargent Mama kicks some serious butt! :)


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