Having a 3 year old has it’s up and downs. In fact every age does. However Little Man has now reached the age of calling my bluff. Thinking I won’t do what I say I will.
The other day I was on the couch checking my e-mail (yes mom of the year award for me) and I start to hear lots of banging. We have one of those toy organizers that is a bunch of little buckets and Little Man is dumping every single bucket into a pile on the floor. I was not impressed.
I tell him to pick the toys back up and put them away and he yells at me “NO!”. Are you serious child? First of all you dumped them so you pick them up. Secondly who the heck do you think you are yelling at me? So here comes what I thought was the ultimate threat.
Pick up your toys or I am throwing them all in the garbage!
Do you think he picked them up? Heck no. He proceeded to go sit on the couch and tell me “I don’t want to pick them up”. Now I really don’t want to do this but I have no choice since he is calling my bluff. Off to the kitchen I go to get a garbage bag and he starts crying and screaming like the end of the world is here. I start throwing out puzzle pieces and he is still going full force with the tears. I ask him again to pick them up and he says no. So I grab his Buzz Lightyear and his computer, his 2 favorite toys. Now he is on his back, legs and arms flying everywhere. But he still would not help me.
I ended up filling up an entire garbage bag with toys and hid them in the back storage room. When Tobei came home Little Man told him mommy threw out his toys. This was last week. Since then he has had his Buzz Lightyear and computer magically appear (I do have a heart you know). However the rest of the toys are still hiding.
I can’t believe my child tried to call my bluff and I actually had to be mean and follow through with my threat. Well kind of. I couldn’t bring myself to actually throw them out. They will all slowly reappear as time goes on.
So this got me thinking. Please tell me I am not alone. Have you given a threat you did not want to follow through on but had to in order to show your child you mean business?