6/8/09

A-Z on Mondays: R is for Rules

OK ... so I think that the A-Z gang is onto V at this point - but I love my "R" idea and I wanted to post about it!


R is for Rules. Around February I noticed that things were getting out of control. Correction: things were already out of control. The girls had officially entered the "two-going-on-three" phase and were testing their limits. I was at my friend Michelle's house (a fellow twin mommy) and she had a nice set of rules hanging up in her playroom. While I didn't copy HER rules, I did copy the idea and hung them on the wall right next to the kitchen table.

The first four rules were first. Maddie had entered a complete shrieking and screaming stage where anytime she was upset - anytime at all - she just lost it and shrieked at the top of her lungs. Ear piercing. So I made rule number one "No Yelling." Well, apparantly yelling does not equate to screaming (or crying for that matter) and I had to add the last two rules.

Maddie (who is already reading - long story ...) read the rules over and over and over and over out loud that first day - and that was that. She had them memorized. Mind you, she didn't follow them. She just knew them.

A few weeks ago we were taking the girls out of the bath and Maddie was getting impatient that we-just-weren't-moving-along-fast-enough. She started fussing and whining and twisting and kicking. It was driving me nuts.

I yelled , "Maddie - no kicking! Number one rule!"

She looked at me - and in the same whining tone of voice said, "No, Mommy! Number one is "No Yelling!"

And continued her tantrum.

13 comments:

Living With Loss said...

Just having a little catch up as I haven't been online so much lately - loving the new layout! Looks great.

And that is such a cute story about the rules! ;)

Liz said...

Too funny!

Audrey Lois said...

You have amazing girls if they follow these RULES!

Beverlee said...

Lovde the Rule List!

Darla said...

Never a dull moment in your household!

reliv4life said...

they keep up honest, don't they? too funny!

Songbirdtiff said...

Too funny. I guess you need to add a rule at the end of the rules..."Follow the rules!!"

Darla said...

What kind of inspiration do you need to plant flowers girl? The one photo you showed I couldn't tell much about it........we can try again...

Yaya said...

Hahaha! When she's right she's right! :)

Ben said...

Those rules could be useful other places - like at work, Congress, the United Nations...

Jen said...

Good R-worth the wait.
And you thought they didn't know the rules. ha

~~Mel~~ said...

No kicking isn't even on your list lol...did you add it?

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