Did Santa ever skip your house?
Last night my daughter had a colossal tantrum. My mom was meant to come and take both her and her brother out for dinner but because my daughter was misbehaving, crying and shouting for the better part of an hour, I made her stay home. That’s right. I’m a believer that if you don’t follow through on your threats, what good are they?
My daughter was upset that she didn’t get to go play in the jungle gym after we picked her up at daycare. I got down to her level and explained that I understood that she was upset, but we don’t go to the jungle gym on Tuesdays and her grandmother was coming to pick her up to take her out. She wasn’t having any of it. About 30 minutes in, I informed her that if she continued this behaviour she would not be allowed to go out with her grandmother and brother. She didn’t stop, so I had to follow through.
When my mom came to pick up my kids, she left with tears in her eyes and one very well behaved six year old. I, however, stayed behind with a crying, misbehaving and now sad three year old (and a growing need for alcohol and Ativan).
This got me thinking… so of course I tweeted:
During this time of year, I will often say, “Santa is watching, and if you don’t behave you won’t get any presents.” If my kids don’t behave after I threaten that Santa won’t give them presents, shouldn’t I then take away the presents?
I need to stop saying this. Honestly. It doesn’t really work and I’m not prepared to take away their Christmas morning. Even if it did work, great, I have kids who behave at Christmas time but what about the rest of the year? Once Christmas is over what do I use next?
People and kids alike need to behave nicely. That is the only way to coexist happily on this planet — all year round. I get that there are bad days and horrible moods but on the most part if you want to be a happy member of my family you need to behave and follow the rules. It’s pretty simple.
So, let me ask you this: Has anyone ever played the Grinch and not given a “naughty” child presents from Santa on Christmas morning? Lord knows it’s tempting to me sometimes.