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When kids don't listen....

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Recall the strategy?

I have to tidy up my room before I can play on my tablet

Yes, it is time to clean up.

This little conversation between my daughter and Myself was fairly clear to me in my adult mind. Not a lot of things could go wrong with this. I left her room for a call and returned after 30 minutes. You may probably predict what I discovered:  the room was left untouched 

In addition, I clearly heard a sound coming from my hallway and I instantly knew she was on youtube. My chest was tight, and I could feel my palms sweat.  I might have said the first thing that sprang to me if she had been directly in front of me:

You're not listening, are you?

I told you to tidy up!

Seriously?  Tablet?

How times do I have to repeat myself?

I sound like a broken record 

Luckily, I had a few moments before heading outdoors to take a few deep breaths or maybe 10. Hey, babes, I think you forgot something, I murmured as I approached her in the hallway. 

Am I always this self-controlled with my children? Definitely not. I'm a work in progress, just like everyone else is. Yet, I make a conscious effort to be in touch with my children and myself throughout these times.

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