Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Things

Last night, I had the kids make monster toast while I finished up dinner. What a hit! Both kids had a blast 'painting' the toast, and then they ate up the whole thing because they made it themselves.

It's just milk mixed with food coloring and painted on the toast. Simple genius. When I was growing up, my mother NEVER did anything crazy like adding food coloring to milk. It's fun.

In other news, I'm starting to discipline Maggie. And oh MAN. I tend to forget that she isn't a baby anymore, and haven't been holding her accountable for things. On Sunday night, Cam asked for a donut. I said sure, buddy - if we get out of the house smoothly in the morning, we can go get donuts on the way to school. Well, Monday morning came and went without anyone remembering about the donuts. Tuesday morning, same thing. But then, yesterday, we were driving to school and Cam asked for donuts. And of course, I didn't have my wallet. I promised him that if helped me remember my wallet, and everyone got dressed nicely, we would get a donut this morning.

There were a lot of threats, but he did manage to get ready. Maggie, on the other hand, threw a full on temper tantrum because I wouldn't let her wear a shirt over her dress. I told her if she could stop crying and tell me what her problem was, we could talk about it. But no. Full out, throw down tantrum. I told her if she didn't stop, she would have to stay in the car and not get a donut with Cam and I. And she didn't stop. And man. By the time we got in the car and were headed to school, I could see how hard it was going to be to deny Maggie that donut. Once she got over herself, she was perfectly fine all morning.

We get to the donut store, and here was the conversation:

Me: "Maggie, you stay in the car while Cam and I get our donuts".

Maggie (reading her Elmo book) "OK"

Cam and I leave, get the donuts and return to the car. Maggie looks up from her book and sees that we have donuts.

Maggie: "My donut?"

Me: "No Maggie. Remember how I asked you to talk nicely to me, and instead you were screaming? And how if you didn't stop, you wouldn't get a donut? Well, you didn't stop."

Maggie (with total look of shock on her face): "Ameron? Share donut?"

At this point, I'm trying not to laugh. Cam is about to share his donut with Maggie, and I explain that Maggie will NOT have any donut. The look on Maggie's face was priceless. We'll have to see if it sticks. But man. I started things like this with Cam much sooner, and you can tell that Maggie is SHOCKED to the core that she didn't get what she wanted. She may be perhaps a bit spoiled. Sigh.


Janet said...

Love the monster toast. I read that same article yesterday too! We made smiley face toast as opposed to monster toast. All of the sudden my girls are afraid of "monsters", so we had to change the name! Love Maggies pig tails!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Ha! I love that she tried to get Cam's instead.