Bill Roper (billroper) wrote,
Bill Roper

Well, That Could Have Gone Better

The cleaning lady comes on Tuesday and since tarkrai is arriving tomorrow night for a brief visit, we thought it better to do the pre-cleaning tonight. Katie and Julie were less than thrilled with this plan. At one point, Julie decided to throw a temper tantrum at me. I started the "1, 2, 3" countdown at her and when she exploded at me again on "1", I decided to dispense with the rest of the count, picked her up, gave her three quick swats on the bottom, and put her back down.

She ran upstairs to sulk.

But she came down not too much later and helped with the rest of the cleaning, which was good.

daisy_knotwise had promised the girls that she'd play Monopoly with them today, but they'd vanished to play with other little girls during the afternoon and by the time the cleaning was done, it was way too late for Monopoly, so we ended up playing a game of Uno instead.

Right up to the point where Julie had a series of little rebellions and a tantrum that stopped the game.

So I told her to go upstairs and get into bed.

And when she refused, I picked her up and carried her to her bed.

Then she came back down to pitch more tantrum in the direction of Gretchen. Gretchen eventually got her back upstairs and into bed.

By the time I came up to read stories to Katie and Julie, Gretchen and I had been forgiven.

And that's a good thing.
Tags: home, kids, musings

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