Tuesday, January 25, 2011

blue store, red store, book store

today i had an experience i have not had the pleasure of experiencing since josey was 2. we were at the "blue store" (E's name for walmart, target is the red store, and the library is the book store), perhaps a little too long for E's taste. i suddenly had a flash-back to about 9 yrs ago. let's just say that E was not a happy shopper today. don't worry little girl, i have the same feeling when i go thru checkout. have you seen the prices lately? the last time i was at the blue store, my box of generic bran flakes was just $2.50. today it was at $2.68! the box may have been a ounce or 2 lighter too, now that i think about it. ok, so now i digress.

thankfully i have been watching supernanny on hulu. now, i don't normally watch public tv, but josey introduced me to this particular show on this particular website, and i'm hooked. some of those kids, let me tell you.....i'll keep my mouth closed on that one. so, one of supernanny's tactics for youngsters with attitude is time out. she has a definite plan and it appears to work. at least on public tv. look the child in the eye. tell the child to listen to what you are saying. then you are to give him/her a warning. the next time the behavior happens, it's to timeout for a few minutes. today was my opportunity to test it. i gave the warning, and lo and behold...it worked.

now, i know what you're thinking. this child has been disciplined well by her parents. and you are right in your assumption, because normally she is very well-behaved little girl. i don't usually like making excuses for any child's misbehavior, but i do have to say that E just was not her happy-go-lucky self. most times a trip to the blue store is a delight for her. it just so happens that today was not one of those days. i had asked her several times what was wrong to make her cry. i tried distraction. i tried bribes (sorry mom). i begged (again, sorry mom). i asked if her head hurt. if her tummy hurt. if her feet hurt. anything to understand why she couldn't stop. she just got madder and angrier as the time passed and the questions why she was (and requests to stop) crying continued. during this time, supernanny did not cross my mind. it was not until checkout that i had a fleeting thought that i had seen this particular episode already. ha! i jumped right in. i looked that little crying girl in the eye, told her to listen to me, gave her the warning of the promise of a timeout when we got home, and stood with what i am sure was my mouth hanging open as she said "*sniff* ok" and the crying stopped. just like that. wow! those reality shows are more than just entertainment after all.

like i said, normally E is not like that. on the way home she fell asleep in the carseat. she was def tired. sadly i had to wake her right away so she wouldn't fall into a deep sleep and then i'd have to wake her to bring her in and take off her snow clothes. then she'd be wide awake for nap time. and that's never good....for anyone. when asked if she was tired, she gave the typical 2 yr old reply: "i'm NOT tired!"  ok then. once home and fed, she was her normally active, laughing, spunky self again. problem: tired and hungry. never a good combination...not even for this blogger. solution: food and nap. sounds good to me too.

josey had an interesting fact to tell me today. he was in the middle of math and started to tell me about baseball. i can tell where his thought process is at any given moment of the day. never on school. always on sports. namely baseball. especially today. more on why later. anyway, josey's interesting fact of the day: did you know that because the air in Denver is thinner, baseballs and footballs fly further? and they have special refrigerators for baseballs, otherwise they will shrink.  hhhmmmm....nope, i did not know that.

my question of the day is this: so, if he can remember that denver air is indicative of more homeruns and longer kickoffs, and the interesting fact last week (in 1903 the wright brothers discovered flight and just 66 yrs later we sent someone to the moon), why is it that he can't remember that the result of adding is a sum and the result of multiplication is a product? answer me that, mr fact-man!

so, why the fanatical fixation on baseball today? two words. twins caravan.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

blue store, red store, book store

today i had an experience i have not had the pleasure of experiencing since josey was 2. we were at the "blue store" (E's name for walmart, target is the red store, and the library is the book store), perhaps a little too long for E's taste. i suddenly had a flash-back to about 9 yrs ago. let's just say that E was not a happy shopper today. don't worry little girl, i have the same feeling when i go thru checkout. have you seen the prices lately? the last time i was at the blue store, my box of generic bran flakes was just $2.50. today it was at $2.68! the box may have been a ounce or 2 lighter too, now that i think about it. ok, so now i digress.

thankfully i have been watching supernanny on hulu. now, i don't normally watch public tv, but josey introduced me to this particular show on this particular website, and i'm hooked. some of those kids, let me tell you.....i'll keep my mouth closed on that one. so, one of supernanny's tactics for youngsters with attitude is time out. she has a definite plan and it appears to work. at least on public tv. look the child in the eye. tell the child to listen to what you are saying. then you are to give him/her a warning. the next time the behavior happens, it's to timeout for a few minutes. today was my opportunity to test it. i gave the warning, and lo and behold...it worked.

now, i know what you're thinking. this child has been disciplined well by her parents. and you are right in your assumption, because normally she is very well-behaved little girl. i don't usually like making excuses for any child's misbehavior, but i do have to say that E just was not her happy-go-lucky self. most times a trip to the blue store is a delight for her. it just so happens that today was not one of those days. i had asked her several times what was wrong to make her cry. i tried distraction. i tried bribes (sorry mom). i begged (again, sorry mom). i asked if her head hurt. if her tummy hurt. if her feet hurt. anything to understand why she couldn't stop. she just got madder and angrier as the time passed and the questions why she was (and requests to stop) crying continued. during this time, supernanny did not cross my mind. it was not until checkout that i had a fleeting thought that i had seen this particular episode already. ha! i jumped right in. i looked that little crying girl in the eye, told her to listen to me, gave her the warning of the promise of a timeout when we got home, and stood with what i am sure was my mouth hanging open as she said "*sniff* ok" and the crying stopped. just like that. wow! those reality shows are more than just entertainment after all.

like i said, normally E is not like that. on the way home she fell asleep in the carseat. she was def tired. sadly i had to wake her right away so she wouldn't fall into a deep sleep and then i'd have to wake her to bring her in and take off her snow clothes. then she'd be wide awake for nap time. and that's never good....for anyone. when asked if she was tired, she gave the typical 2 yr old reply: "i'm NOT tired!"  ok then. once home and fed, she was her normally active, laughing, spunky self again. problem: tired and hungry. never a good combination...not even for this blogger. solution: food and nap. sounds good to me too.

josey had an interesting fact to tell me today. he was in the middle of math and started to tell me about baseball. i can tell where his thought process is at any given moment of the day. never on school. always on sports. namely baseball. especially today. more on why later. anyway, josey's interesting fact of the day: did you know that because the air in Denver is thinner, baseballs and footballs fly further? and they have special refrigerators for baseballs, otherwise they will shrink.  hhhmmmm....nope, i did not know that.

my question of the day is this: so, if he can remember that denver air is indicative of more homeruns and longer kickoffs, and the interesting fact last week (in 1903 the wright brothers discovered flight and just 66 yrs later we sent someone to the moon), why is it that he can't remember that the result of adding is a sum and the result of multiplication is a product? answer me that, mr fact-man!

so, why the fanatical fixation on baseball today? two words. twins caravan.

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