Last Weekend, we about lost it with Shaeler. One thing that she has inherited from both the Rentmeister's and the Henrie's is her stubborness. Her way or the high way. I get that she is 3 and is figuring out her new independence and yada, yada, yada. What I do not get and will not tolerate is a sassy or bad attitude.
Shaeler loves to get the last word. I can warn her till I am blue in the face that if she says another word after I am done talking, she will be grounded from movies. Sunday, her movie grounding went from a night, to a day, to a full week.
Then as I look around the house, I can tell by order what rooms she has been in. She is like a chaotic tornado. Again, I get that she is 3, but she can destroy my house within 3 hours of me spending an entire day cleaning it.
I looked up the definition of motherhood and...
S: (n) motherhood, maternity (the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother)
I don't see 24 hour maid in there at all, do you?
So as I am preparing my activity for the Laurels this week, it really made me ponder. Our activity was about choices and consequences. We can always choose our choices, but we cannot always choose our consequences. I truly believe if Shaeler can understand this principle at an early age, then it will help her the rest of her life.
So I made the chore chart. 30 Items that she can choose to do to earn to watch a movie, buy a movie or buy a toy. Positive choices with positive consequences. Last night I introduced the chore chart to Shaeler and she was motivated to be able to put stickers up. It is the most beautiful thing I think I have done as a mother that I could shed a tear.
After being gone to mutual all night, I came home to a clean house. Brian helped Shaeler earn stickers last night and they were both in happy cheerful moods. Again, a beautiful thing and my cup runneth over.
So here's to crossing my fingers that the chore chart will be successful and that the attitude can be checked at the door, because it is not welcome in my house.