Friday, April 24, 2009

Lost her mind

I know they say that when kids learn something new, or are focusing on one area of their lives, they can regress in another.

Meet Oldielocks, my then nine year old, my now two year old. She has been busy in softball playoffs, swimming play dates with her BFF, completing her multiplication facts, and learning the words to cheers.

SO much learning and busy busy busy busy going on that today, officially she lost her damn mind.
Her room was filthy. The closet exploded and so did every toy container. The husband decided that more fun was being had than responsibility and canceled batting practice at a friends house. He then told Oldielocks it was clean up time. She clearly had five bags of cotton stuffed in her ears, since she acted like he had said not a word. She would not listen. AT ALL.

And then it started.

The whining. The falling to the floor on top of clothes. The "idon'tknowwhat youwantmetodobutican'tcleanbecauseiamwhinylittlepunk." It's bad when it sounds like a rat dog whining. And then you realize you don't have a dog. But you do have a nine year old. A nine year old that sounds like a rat dog. That's not something to brag about.

Finally when I was about to stab myself in the eardrums, I sent her to time out. I let her know that if she wanted to act like a 2 year old, she will be treated like one. I made her sit in the little chair, her 4'7" self all hunched a few inches off the floor. She in turn whimpered, whined, scratched on the wall, fell to the floor, picked at a branch, harassed the bird, stomped her feet.
I ignored every minute of it. Middle was staring and piped open her little mouth like she was the Princess of Perfect, until I shot her a look that reminded her that she has gone a few rounds on the crazy carousel before so she wasn't going to be judging anybody.

Then my gigantic two nine year old started throwing toys. I then threatened her with writing sentences and a videotaping her and showing it to her class. A little blackmail goes a long way. Her crazy outbursts went on for about 45 minutes. In the little chair... wailing away. It was disturbing... yet hysterical all at the same time.

She has been kissing ass ever since.


J. Leigh Designz said...

Haha!!!! Johnny has been a handful lately too!

TheGirlYou'llNeverKnow said...

Evil, EVIL, EEVVIILL Grin, like only us moms of that age girl can. so glad its not only me/us roud here :), if if if ONLY you had had a boy in between, you would know just how easier WE around here have it ,and when my son in 9 and your middle is, maybe THEN I will sympathies, but in the mean time I want another vaca. to Huntington beach, 9 year old GIRL behavior, its FUN isn't it. LOvIn It Too

TheGirlYou'llNeverKnow said...

at the same time, you seem to have a super sweet, off in her own little world middle, as is my middle-cept that HE is a boy, but always off in his own little world ALL the time. Easy going, happy, "perfect" child Im expecting Hell out of any day ;)

~s said...

i highly dislike the age of 8. i was hoping this type of behavior belonged to THAT age and would magically disappear when they turned 9. so sad to hear that's not the case. have to say least oldie is a girl...because at least when girls lose their minds, they had one in the first place. i'm beginning to think after watching my boys that they might have been born without brains...seriously. girls are smarter. crazier, but smarter. ; )

you made me laugh tho, as usual, and we both know that can be tough these days : )