This post is for those of you that read my blog to feel better about your own parenting skills and children. Yesterday I blogged about my kids not listening to me or following my rules. Well, today the chaos continues.
We live on a pretty quiet street. There is not much traffic, and we live on a corner that has a stop sign. So, yes, I am one of those mother's who lets their kids play outside in the front yard without too much supervision. But, we have rules. If I am not out there, they are not allowed to cross the street, or ride their bikes in the street.
Lauren "forgot" these rules today. So, I gently reminded her of them. She came inside a little while later and asked if she could go to the neighbor's house across the street to our corner and see if their granddaughter could come over to play. I said sure, but that she needed to walk over there, NOT ride her bike.
And then I stood at the window and watched her RIDE HER BIKE to the neighbor's house!
Can you see the steam that came out of my ears?
I waited patiently until she came back and called her inside. Taking the advice of my sister, I handed her a box of Clorox wipes and told her to make her bathroom spotless. She, of course, asked why. When I told her that I had been watching her break two rules (riding in the street, and riding her bike to the neighbor's when I had explicitly told her not to), she made no excuses, didn't whine, she just grabbed the wipes and headed to the bathroom.
She came out a few minutes later and said she was done. I half-smiled and said, "The toilet too."
She shares a bathroom with her 5 year old brother who has terrible aim. She will learn a good lesson today! LOL