Today started off well. I had decided the girls and I would have a lazy day at home, which was a nice choice for a dreary Friday, I think. Last night I was reading a (complimentary) issue of Parenting and there was some great advice in it, I think. You won't find me saying that too often about such a mainstream magazine, but it's true! They had a piece about things you can implement with your children to make life go a little smoother. One of the many challenges we have in this home is getting Iris to use her "nice words". Almost 100% of the time she will demand things of us. "I want a snack!" "Give me my Play-Doh!" you get the idea. We have tried many different tactics to help her choose nicer ways of saying things, but it never sticks. Today I tried a Parenting tip, which was to tell Iris that I didn't understand her. This morning when she demanded a snack I looked at her and I said "I don't understand". She looked at me, and said it again, like maybe I hadn't heard her. "I. Want. A. Snack." "Hmmm, I don't understand." I responded. "Can I please have a snack?" "Oh, yes, of course!" We did this a couple more times. I hope it's sinking in.
Everything else went downhill after that, though. Iris refused to nap. Well, not only refused, but screamed at the top of her lungs that she wasn't going to sleep. Which, of course, kept Eloise from taking her afternoon nap. Then there was Iris spilling rice all over the kitchen floor. Throwing a mixing bowl at me. Coloring on the table, couch and the living room chair and, finally, peeing on the bathroom floor. Twice. The kicker, of course, was that Iris told Matt as soon as he walked in the door that we got a "DDD" (DVD) in mail as a suprise for him for Father's Day. Grrrr. We got it yesterday and Iris and I talked about it being a suprise. She managed to last 24 hours without saying anything. Oh, well. At least she didn't say what DDD it was, right?
I was ready for the day to end, let me tell you. Now Eloise refuses to stay asleep for the night even though she missed one whole nap today. Oy! Not fun. Mama needs a stiff drink. Good thing Matt has the freshness to handle these girls this evening.