I don't like you Mommy! That's what my four year old screams at me while he's pointing his little finger. I pause which feels like an eternity....thoughts rush through my mind...should I put him in time out? Scream back? Do what my mother or grandmother would have done??
No, I can't...I'm trying to raise my kids differently, I've read all the books, seen all the shows, I know not to be offended or hurt...but this is my baby...my youngest, my quiet child....I can't help but feel hurt....however my little drill sergeant voice snaps me back into reality...Get on your feet Soldier!
So I look my four year old in the eye, get down on his eye level (learned that from Supernanny), and in a calm voice say, "You don't like me? Good, I prefer it that way, now go sit on your bed" His eyes widen and my seven year old says, "Whoa!" He goes to his room and after 4 minutes and 50 seconds (he's going to be five at the end of the month), I go into his room and explain why he's in there and etc etc. He apologizes, gives me a big hug, and off he goes....Crisis ended.
I just think to myself if I solved the problem...will he ever say that to me again? Did I make an impression? Will this be labeled as one of my bad parenting moments? I'll only find out years from now over a family dinner when my boys are reminiscing about their childhood, laughing, saying, "Remember the time Mom..."
Ahhh, the adventures of Motherhood!
The Brainless Housewife :P