I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: C1 and C2 are like the proverbial chalk and cheese. C1 is an easy-going girl with a smile on her dial; C2 usually wakes up with his scratchy pants on.
A few days ago, he was being – how should I put this politely? – a pest.
Whinging and whining. Grumbling and groaning. Being Mister Drama King.
I tried reasoning with him, ignoring him, shouting at him, punishing him. He continued with his “It’s-all-about-me” attitude.
C1, who had been watching his behaviour deteriorate through the day, finally had enough.
She went up to him with an imaginary lei and declared sweetly, “For your excellent behaviour today, I award you this Garland of Shame.”
And then we all burst out laughing. Tension defused.
Even C2 was quick to admit, “That’s a good one!”
So that’s our new parenting tool in the Rodericks’ residence: the Garland of Shame. A funny, awesome way to keep bad behaviour at bay.
Are your kids poles apart from each other? Were you very different from your siblings? How do you deal with a stubborn child?