Monday, June 12, 2006

I Mean Business

I mean it when I say it and my kids know it. Heidi was out Friday night and it was no problem, I had a pizza delivered, put their pajamas on and had them in their beds by 7pm. When I ask them to do something and they try to ignore the request I calmly yet sternly ask if they want to cry. They know if they do not get moving they will end up in trouble and probably crying.

The other technique I employ is the game I call "Yes Daddy" When I make a request the first child that responds "Yes Daddy" gets an arbitrary amount of points. They get more points when the task is completed. Merry loves getting points and anything Merry likes David likes.

Saturday was another rainy day and no one I know likes rainy days. We spent it inside watching "kid shows" as Merry affectionately refers to anything on PBS Sprout. There was some dancing and controlled misbehaving. The video of the misbehaving is fun and will be seen on this blog soon. We stayed up a little later on Saturday night, maybe 8:30 or so, no major incidents to report.

Mom was back on duty Sunday and I got to go golfing in the afternoon. I am not a "strong" golfer but I like being outside with the guys, cracking jokes and using profanity. Got done golfing, fed the little ones and put them to bed. Another weekend in the books, did not get any painting done, I probably have three or four more days of blue and then I get to graduate to the trim. I have no idea how long that will take.


Anonymous Emily said...

You go, Daddy-O! Our weekend didn't quite work out that well. I love the random point-gathering thing, I'll have to try that. Oh, our deal is that the master bath is torn up and the new construction is going
Much like your ongoing painting task.

12:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

So, by the time you finish painting your house, you'll have to start all over again. (Joking)

Paul and I try to take turns getting to have little escapes from the kids too. Good way to recharge the battery.

11:59 PM EDT  

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