A journalist observes life in the far north.
I find myself saying the same things a hundred times a day, and it’s crushing my soul. I think my mother might have reincarnated as my 3-year-old in order to take her revenge for all of the bad things I did as a child. And there are many. I’m in big trouble for at least the next 15 years.
Being a stay-at-home mom is harder than I thought it would be. I’m exasperated already today and it’s not even noon.
I try all of the tricks so my kid will be a good kid. I compliment my daughter for good behavior. I come up with activities to keep her busy. I give her timeouts when she is naughty.
Today, I broke down and spanked her for insubordination for the first time since last summer. I’m not proud. I felt like a bully. I know “the experts” recommend against spanking. But sometimes I wonder if “the experts” have real experience raising a child. Timeouts have lost their potency.
I feel like the moment my back is turned, my 3-year-old does something she is not supposed to do. And I know she knows better. If she can remember a promised treat from hours ago, than she knows my rules since I repeat them all day long.
Also, I can’t get a moment to myself. Since I started writing this post about five minutes ago, she has come nagging me to help with her pants, retrieve her pillow and fetch some water. Grrrrrrrrr. How am I supposed to write the occasional freelance article as I had planned?
Here’s the top 10 list of things I say all day long like a broken record. These phrases are so prominent in my brain that I can’t even think of a more interesting topic for a blog post.
10) That’s not a toy.
9) Get your hand out of your pants.
8)) We don’t play on the stairs.
7) Stop pestering me. I heard you the first time.
6) Get your feet off of your brother.
5) Stop picking your nose.
4) Finish your breakfast/lunch/dinner.
3) Why didn’t you go on the potty?
2) You can play with your iPad after dinner.
1) Don’t touch my phone.