Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Psychic Flash!

Yesterday was a truly and monumentally awful day. The fine feline of the household wakened the Spawn (and me) about two hours early and it all went downhill from there. We all survived relatively intact though, for which I thank Chthulu, or possibly Saint Jude. In the process, I arrived at one of those parenting decisions that probably wouldn't win me any points in the parenting awards game. We were stuck inside the whole day because the Spawn refused to put on pants to go outside. It's a wee bit chilly--about 10C. At the end of the day, it suddenly dawned on me that I was arguing with a toddler. This is a losing proposition. Even if you win the argument, you'll just have to go through the whole thing again...and again...and again. So, next time she wants to go outside with no pants, no problem. This is known as offering the opportunity to learn from experience. I guess I'm learning from experience too.


  1. This is known as "natural consequences." There is indeed an authority greater than the parent.

  2. Ah yes, natural consequences. I'd forgotten about that term. Of course, now she doesn't want to go outside at all. It was a major victory to get outside long enough to check for eggs this afternoon. *sigh*