Friday, June 05, 2009

parenting pop quiz

When your six-year-old falls into the fountain at Whetstone, completely submerged, which is the appropriate response?

A. Give him a stern lecture on not running off and climbing on things. Oh, wait, you've done that already. Twice. Just tonight.

B. Roll on the grass laughing at him as he stands there with his hair plastered to his head and water running down his legs. Try to pretend to be upset with him when you walk past the parents that saw him fall in. Ignore the fact they thought HE was a SHE.

C. Make him sit in the shade. In the breeze.

D. Your response?


Lisa Biggs Crum said...

There is a distinct laugh that says "Victory! Mom's warnings were right! I told you so." Without having to say a word, I get to enjoy the moment and discipline at the same time. However, if it is a very hot day... I might have to jump in to rescue my child while aiming my enthusiastic splashing toward those who thought HE was a SHE. :)

Well, that's what I think I would do while sitting here in the silence of the morning with no children around. Who knows what I would do if I were exhausted from being with the kids all day! LOL

cj said...

HA HA HA HA to the post and Lisa's comment.

But instead of being creative about "enthusiastically splashing..." I thought just to beat their sorry asses.

I choose "C". Nothing like reality discipline to get the point across. Am I a sadist?

I.I. said...

My Mom would have done "B" -- hence the emotional issues I've dealt with for nearly 4 decades .......

So I am going "C"

lorie said...

I went with D. All of the above!