Monday, February 02, 2009

Crayon Restriction.

We've pretty much dodged the bullet when it comes to destructive behavior caused by a toddler or pre-schooler. Munchkin has just never been one to break things, cut her own hair or draw on anything other than paper...... Until recently. Now granted it could have been way worse, but what I think is so funny is that she completely told on herself.

I had the twins on the floor giving bottles and changing diapers. The Munchkin was playing around us when she stopped suddenly and said:

"Uh Oh Mommy, what happened to the TV"

The TV wasn't on, so I had no idea what she was talking about. She said:

"Mommy, I think someone drew on the TV with an orange crayon"

Upon further inspection I could see that something was smeared all over the TV screen. Had I been left to form my own conclusions, I would have probably assumed it was chapstick. She has "chapsticked" the windows in my car on more than one occasion and it looked similar. I figured since she was so eager to rat herself out, I would see how much I could get from her...Turns out she'll confess faster than a tortured terrorist at Gitmo, when confronted.

Me: Oh really? Someone?

Munchkin: Yes

Me: With an orange crayon?

Munchkin: Yes, orange.

Me: You seem to know an awful lot about this someone with the orange crayon, could that someone have been you, Munchkin?

Munchkin: Yes! Yes! It was!!! (as if I deserved a prize for solving a mystery)

Me: Munchkin, Do you think that was a good choice or a bad choice?

Munchkin: Not a good choice, Mommy.

Me: No, not a good choice to color on the TV screen with crayon, what are we going to do about this bad choice Munchkin.

Munchkin: It's okay Mommy, I can fix it......

**** she walks over to the TV, turns it on.. and says.... ****

"Look Mommy, I made it disappear, now that is a good choice."

I always struggle with dishing out a punishment when I don't catch her in the act, not to mention when I'm trying so hard to suppress my laughter. This time we went with taking the crayons away until our Valentine Party on Wednesday, and having her clean it off of the screen, to which she exclaimed with sheer joy:

"Look, I'm like "Mrs T," Mommy"

Is it still considered punishment if they enjoy it so dang much?


Michelle said...

Disciplining can be hard work! I am having major problems with my kindergartner lying. Yuck!

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A Mom to Two Lil' Ones said...

Funny! I loved that story :) It's so hard when they do things that you need to discipline them for when all you really want to do is laugh in the moment.

countryfriedmama said...

You are so calm about it! I think I might have fuh-reaked out.

Nicole said...

Nick had colored all over my friends townhouse walls while I was in the bathroom while 4 other kids were 'watching' him....