Mommy wakes Tessa up for school.
Tessa stares at her closet for 30 minutes pondering the perfect clothing ensemble.
Mommy comes in room and forces Tessa to choose an outfit.
Tessa must, must, must have her hair done with a straightening iron and preferably several cute barrettes.
Tessa dictates her breakfast, lunch, and snack to Mommy. Each meal must only consist of healthy food, no milk, and lots of water because "that is what your body is made of all the way up to your chin." Should Mommy fail to comply with said rules, she will be severely reprimanded later.
Tessa is lucky if she arrives at the bus on time.
Tessa returns from school and asks to play with Kayla. Hurricane Kayla and Tornado Tessa destroy at least two rooms in the house. Mommy tells Tessa and Kayla to start cleaning up. They start cleaning up. Mommy returns later to find Tropical Storms have hit the same rooms. There is no possible way to clean the mess before Kayla leaves.
Mommy or Daddy again tells Tessa to clean her room after Kayla leaves. One or many of the following excuses come out of her mouth:
"ZACH MADE THIS MESS!"
"KAYLA MADE THIS MESS!"
"I CANNOT CLEAN THIS UP BY MYSELF!"
"YOU NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING I WANT TO DO!"
"YOU NEVER TAUGHT ME TO CLEAN UP ANYTHING BY MYSELF!"
"THIS IS GOING TO TAKE 8 HOURS!"
"I NEED TO EXPLAIN IT TO YOU, BUT YOU KEEP INTERRUPTING!"
"I CAN'T GET TO THE TOYS IN THE CORNER BECAUSE IT IS TOO MESSY!"
Or Daddy's favorite: "THERE IS TOO MUCH STUFF TO CLEAN UP!"
All excuses receive the following response: "Then we will have to donate it to someone who can clean it up."
For more information, see "tantrum" blog post.
Bedtime is only possible by making a path to the bed between the toys that she has been "working on" cleaning up for the past 3 hours.
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