I poured my daughter a bowl of cereal with PLENTY of milk. When she asked for more milk, I said, “No, you have more than enough.”
Of course she started whining. I went brain dead!
She started screaming “I want more milk!!!” and I said in the sweetest, singsongy voice I could muster, “I know.” This went on for about a minute, back and forth until I took her by the hand and led her to her room, saying “Feel free to come out and eat your breakfast when you’re done screaming.” She sat in there for about two minutes and then came out quietly, sat down at the table and ate her breakfast!!!
The most wonderful part was that I felt so calm and loving toward her the whole time! I never felt angry. If this had happened the day before class I would have been gritting my teeth, ready to throw her in the backyard with no shoes on. THEN, when we got to school, she slowly got out of the car, I gave her a big hug and kiss and said have a great day, she looked at me and said “Mommy, I’m sorry for screaming about the milk.”
©2009 Shelly Moorman, Head & Heart Parents
As author of the easy-to-read “Save Your Sanity” series, Kerry helps parents save their sanity and sense of humor while raising young children with love and laughter.