Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Time Out



Last night I came home from the gym to find my kids eating some fast food my husband had picked up for them after an outing to the park. 



I walked by on my way to the shower, grabbed a french fry off my son's plate, and popped it in my mouth.


Outrage i
mmediately ensued.

There was great wailing and gnashing of teeth by my son at the loss of this beloved fry. His older brother leapt into action:

"Mom!" he shouted at me as he jumped to his feet, "You DO NOT STEAL food!"


I attempted to explain that there were approximately 250 french fries left and, you know, I didn't really think it was that big of a deal. But my older son was having none of it.


"Mommy, no excuses!"


He crossed his arms sternly:


"You need to go to timeout!"


I looked to my husband. He just shrugged. He wasn't wading in. At a loss, I headed into the kids bedroom and sat down in the timeout chair. And I waited.




My kids went back to eating. Every few minutes my older son's voice would ring out down the hallway:


"I will be in to talk to you when I am finished eating this cheeseburger!"


So I stayed put in my chair. About seven minutes later my son appeared in the doorway with a stern look on his face. 


"Mommy?" he intoned, "Do you know why you are in timeout?"


I nodded solemnly,


"It's because I stole a french fry."


He sighed in disappointment,


"Yes. Yes you did. And that was wrong."


I told him that I was very sorry.


"It's OK, Mom." he replied, "I'm not mad at you. I just don't want you to do it again. [Pause for effect] Do you understand?"


I nodded and told him that I did.


His face broke out into a wide smile and he threw his arms open.


"OK, now give me a hug and a kiss!"


I hugged and kissed him and he helped me out of my chair. As I headed towards the shower he shouted after me, 


"MOM?"


I turned back,


"Never again! Or you'll be RIGHT BACK HERE."




The student has become the master over at our house. How's your week going?

2 comments:

  1. So what I read here is that you got about 7 minutes to sit down, somewhat alone, and do nothing. Sounds like a winner, I think you should misbehave daily.

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    1. Well said!! I might try that myself!

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