Sometimes you just want to throw your arms in the air in frustration.
Sometimes you think that it is completely obvious that there will be consequences for certain actions.
Sometimes you wonder if it is possible for your children to learn anything.
This morning my son fell off the stool at the kitchen bench. He was swinging sideways on it, and because it has carpet on it’s feet to stop it from scratching the hardwood floors, it slipped sideways and we ended up with screaming and a bleeding tongue. And yet, I have forgotten how many times I have asked, ordered, cajoled, him to sit nicely on chairs. He has had bangs, scrapes, scratches, cuts, and now a tooth through a tongue … and yet I also know that he still won’t have learned anything from this latest incident.
So, what’s the point of this? What is my wonderful advice for this kind of thing?????
Actually – I haven’t got any. Maybe it’s him. Maybe there isn’t an answer. Maybe it’s just not my problem. I’ve taken to rolling my eyes, and not giving too much attention to the ensuing upset-ness.
And I will keep persevering, because quite besides the fact that he falls off his chair when he doesn’t sit nicely on it, I also think it is really bad manners to not sit nicely at the table or the kitchen bench.
Sometimes parenting is just doing and saying the same things over and over, and hoping that one day the penny will drop.