What I need right now more than anything is patience. Paige has been horrible today. And I don’t mean just a little bad. I mean in bed 2 hours before her usual bedtime because she’s been so bad. Daycare told me they’ve never seen her this bad, and she’s been bad there before. She was so bad that before we left daycare she had lost TV, computer, and snack privileges.
Today’s issues? Standing on chairs and sticking out her tongue at her teachers. Or how about telling her teachers no all day. Or coloring her arms and legs with orange markers. She looked like an Oompa Loompa. Those were just a few of her transgressions. We talked about it and she understood that she would not be getting any treats today. We also talked about her not sticking her tongue out and how it wasn’t nice, all that great stuff. Sounds good right? Yeah, you don’t have a 3 year old.
We got home and went straight to the bath. I wanted a little girl, not an Oompa Loompa. As she was getting undressed, Paige started sticking out her tongue. I told her to stop before she got a time out. She laughed at me. She got a spanking and a time out. Then she got a bath. As Ronnie cooked supper he and I watched Top Chef, which we love and she hates. Evil Mommy and Daddy, huh? She still wasn’t listening so Ronnie told her that if she kept not listening, she would go to bed early, with no stories.
You guessed it, she didn’t listen. Our kitten Ronan got fixed last week and Paige isn’t allowed to pick her up. Paige picked her up, then fell with her. Ronan is fine, but I do like to be careful of her stitches. Paige was sent to bed at 6:15. Her usual bedtime is 8. She’s called us a couple of times. I went in once, Ronnie went in once. Now we’re just ignoring her. She’s fine. She’s safely in her bedroom with her flashlight and book, laying in bed. I can hear her moving around. I know she’s safe, but I’m also not going to feed into her little need to procrastinate and push our buttons.
It could be the weather. At least I’m hoping that’s it. We’re being hit by Tropical Storm Ida right now. Sometimes weather can affect people. I’ve had a headache from it all day. Paige was stuck inside all day and didn’t get to play outside. She would live outside if we would let her. She may be getting a bit stir crazy and acting out. Could just be she’s 3 and hates to listen. Whatever has caused it, I hope it goes away soon.