Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tough Love

We had sort of a field trip to the beach today. I had a few stores to visit in the area. I give the kids a "pep talk" always before venturing into stores and restaurants about the behavior I expect from them. I think this is just a good rule of thumb. I had told them that if they were well behaved and as quiet as they could be that I would take them to a park we had went past. It was a nice day and the fresh air always does us good, especially Keegan who is a constant ball of energy. Now I do realize kids will be kids and I can't expect them to be silent, but being heard throughout the store is where I draw the line. Well after 2 warnings of no going to the park Keegan finally lost his privilege. This is when it stinks to have to parent. Now I was going to just go home and everyone miss out and then I asked myself where the justice was in that to the other two that had been very compliant?! So we went to the park for a short half hour and Keegan had to sit on the bench and watch. He was not happy when it was time to go and he realized he wouldn't be able to play at all. I am hoping that being tough with my love has sank in a bit more for him, and he will know I mean business next time. (He did have plenty of play time at home this afternoon out side on our swing set/sandbox. so he did get his energy out)


Angie said...

Doesn't that just stink! I've had to do that before with Zoe. I think it's more painful for me than it was for her.
Can't wait for our girl party! WOOHOO! PARTY! Let's get together and play (you can also bring the kids over if you want----ha!) See ya soon.

Annie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! You sure have a cute family:) Regarding framing the children's clothing, the background is vintage fabric and the frame was handmade with barnwood, with glass over top. I think that would make an excellent gift. Good luck!!