Aaron had flag football right after work on Tuesday. The kids and I attempted to go watch, but I wasn’t well prepared and didn’t know exactly where he was playing, so that didn’t work out. Chloe was disappointed, but handled it well. As we were driving home, she asked if Daddy would be home when we got home. I let her know that he was still at football, which prompted the all important question – “Did he take the iPad to work with him today?” (The kids rarely get to use the iPad, but one parent being gone slightly ups their chances of use, so she was hoping it was home.) When she found out he had it, she asked if she could use it when he got home. I told her no. Then she informed me that she’d ask him if she could use it when I left later that night to get a haircut. Such a schemer! This conversation followed between her and Devon.
D: “Peaz Da-da!”
C: “You have to tell him what you’re saying please for. Like, ‘Please iPad, Daddy!'”
D: “Pa-pad peaz Da-da!!!!!!”
C: “Yeah. Like that, buddy! But then if he says no, you still have to be nice.”
I was a pretty proud Mama to hear Chloe teaching Devon something that we’ve worked hard to teach her. I was even more proud when I got home from my haircut and heard that in addition to telling him, she showed him while I was gone. The conversation apparently went something like this:
C: “Daddy, can I play the iPad?”
Daddy: “Nope. Not tonight.”
C: “Okay. Devon, want to go dance?”
Tuesday night was a good reminder of why I try to be consistent with my kiddos and try not to give in when they whine. Over time, there’s a chance it’ll work and we’ll get the results we hope for – respectful, happy kids.