We try to be consistent with discipline in our house. It isnt easy! There can definately be a bit of a mob culture and they can opt for a divide and conquer approach which can leave us reeling a bit.
Well there is only two of us and five of them!
But with the usual toddler things i think we do okay though i do accept that our little toddlers have a fair amount of influence from their older siblings where they might be fooled into thinking that they deserve the same treatment as their much older brother or sisters…
But tonight it was pretty evident that one of my little ones is learning a little too fast to get a bit of wriggle room.
She had taken herself into her room to get a book after bath time. I followed her in a few minutes later and discovered that she had pulled all the books of the book shelf.
She looked at the books and gave me a cheeky grin….then we had a little conversation…
Me: “Okay before we read the book i think you should pick up all these books’
her: ‘oh i can’t do that’
me: ‘yes you can’
her: ‘no i am reading my book now’
me: ‘if you don’t come and help you will have to go and sit on the step’
me: ‘come on” I start to put the books away. and i re-iterate that she will go onto the step.
her: ‘oh don’t be silly mummy, i am too young for that!’
and with that she flounced off…