Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Manipulation monster

I am a total sucker for crocodile tears.

Mary Clare is a crazy sippy cup thrower, and it drives me batty. I asked Miss Betty once if she does this at school, and I got a very emphatic, "She most certainly does not!" to which I unconvincingly responded, "Oh, yeah. Not at our house, either."

So, after yet another meal where she pitched her sippy cup several times, I finally made good on my threat and took away her sippy cup. Crying ensued. And not just any crying, but the kind with big fat crocodile tears rolling down a face that screams of betrayal. The second I saw those big fat crocodile tears, I asked, "Do you want a cookie?"

Boom. The crying stopped, but the crocodile tears remained.

Curses. Fooled again by the toddler.

crocodile tears = cookie time

Just so you know, we're not okay. But the cookie is a good start.

Who knew toddlers could gloat?

While my attempts at discipline may be pathetic, what's really worrisome is that I'm the tough half of this parenting duo.

So. Screwed.

4 comments:

  1. Who knew kids responded to positive reinforcement? I too am a big fan of the "whatever it takes to get them to stop crying" school of child-rearing. MC will likely tear up every time she passes a Mrs. Field's well into her 30s.

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  2. Looks like she got a cookie and also got her sippy cup back. Sucker!

    SJ

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  3. I can't stand tears, crocodile or otherwise. I cave as soon as the first drop of moisture forms.

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  4. Repeat as needed: "This is just a phase." Sophie went through it too. Annoying.

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