Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rethinking the plan

Somewhere between the first day of preschool and last Monday our entire parenting plan fell apart. It sort of crept up on us. Maybe for a long time. But suddenly there we were, living the nightmare that I had sworn since the day I saw two pink lines that I would never live. A three year old was running our house. So we tried time outs. and yelling. and gentle reminders. and time out. AND SCREAMING. And more effing time outs. Did I mention The Screaming? And time outs? And.....all of a sudden I became that woman with a smoke hanging out of her mouth and a skull tattoo in the grocery store yelling: GOLDIE! Get over here right now and I am going to beat yer ass. I mean it this time. OMFG WHERE ARE YOU SUPER NANNY?

No one was happy. So we started talking to people, and reading. We decided that Love and Logic is right for us and just from the few techniques we have tried, Sweet Jesus, the yelling has stopped. My ears are almost ringing in the silence. I am having fun with my toddler, and she is listening! Sometimes!

Classes this week. I hope this keeps working or you will find her posted on Craigslist sometime soon.


Blogger Sabrina said...

lol! Somedays I want to beat some ass but usually my 4 just beat each others asses. lol I've heard of Love and Logic, never tried it though. Maybe I should!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Special K said...

Ha! Aren't human beings sublime? So I am a pediatric psychologst and there are days that you have to know that despite how your children act...I have taught Love and Logic classes and believe in them not because "they work," but because they teach us that we matter...our kids learn their decisions matter as well...I just wrote about mattering,, and am wondering how you feel you matter!

7:50 PM  

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