So I figured that the day after Halloween was not too early to start pulling out the Santa card on my kids. Christmas is already everywhere in the stores, so why not in my discipline toolbox? I've used it twice already. Ben was having a tantrum about his clothes the other night, which is usual these days. He wanted a very specific combination of pajamas. So I finally reminded him that Santa was watching him and was going to put him on the "naughty list," if he kept it up. Once again it worked.
But last night it backfired on me. I was on the phone with Todd after I had put the boys in bed for what felt like the 50th time and I was fed up with Ben making every excuse his little 4 year old brain could come up with to get out of bed. So I went back up, tucked him, and in a very rude and angry tone of voice told him that if he gets out one more time he would be in big trouble and then said, "And remember, Santa Clause is watching you."
To which he replied, "NO!!! HE'S WATCHING YOU!!!"
Todd busted up on the other end of the phone and I had to giggle to myself as I walked back downstairs. Do you ever feel like you start acting as bad as your children sometimes? I love these boys. As naughty as they can be, it's the moments that follow that remind you how fun and sometimes funny parenting can be. Or it's the conversations that follow the long timeouts after the worst tantrums in the world, where you see how sweet and sensitive your children really are.
So here's to us all staying off the "naughty list" this holiday season. Brace yourselves...it's coming.