I used to not like the tv show "Supernanny." It bugged me how the first portion of the show consisted of kids being horrible, parents being worthless, and Jo making faces at the camera. That probably had a lot to do with my ineptitude as a parent. Having no clue how to handle behavioral issues myself, I couldn't sit there and judge these others who were just as clueless.
But now, I've got it down. This week, anyway. Tomorrow might be completely different.
The other night, I was channel-surfing and came across reruns of "Supernanny." Eventually, the kids came and joined me on the couch. They stared in wide-eyed horror as a four-year-old girl threw the biggest tantrum they'd ever seen, completely with spitting, screaming, and flailing about on the floor. Boo turned to me and asked in a very worried voice "We're better kids than that, right?"
The Boy quickly chimed in with "We don't do that, right, Mom?"
I snuggled them both a little closer and assured them that yes, they were very good kids and did not behave like that.
Then after a moment, I added "But now you know what you look like when you throw your fits."
And ever since then, they have really been on their best behavior! I think I might have to insitute a weekly Supernanny session to keep this going...
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