Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sniffing around

The latest in a long line of bedtime stalling tactics:

[Heard from upstairs]








[Sigh] Do you need something, Caitlin?

[Whining] I need a tissue!

[Exhausted] Then get one, Caitlin. I don't need to be involved.

[Grating whining] But I want you to get me one!

[Warningly] Caaaaitlin...I am nursing [insert twin name here]. I can't help you. You're a big girl, you can get it yourself.

[Increasingly louder whining resulting in yelling from parental unit until 6 year old returns to bed.]

Ahem: ARGH!

I know that the repeated misbehavior is a bid to get our attention and that she doesn't care if it's positive or negative, but come on! There's only so much misbehavior the sleep deprived can take before they start thinking about trading in 6 year old girls for something else that takes much less effort.

Maybe a nice pet rock.


Ali said...

I don't even have a kid yet and I totally sympathize.

Missy said...

Oh I am there with you. I had to inform our six year old that I was considering charging a nickel every time she whined when asked to do something. My husband's reply, "You are going to be a rich woman."

I dunno what it is about six that activates the excessive whining and neediness button, but someone needs to figure out how to turn it off.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

PLEASE turn it off! Please! I'll pay money!

Dawn said...

And so begins the downward spiral that is the life of a firstborn! Pretty soon there will be mandatory babysitting instead of playdates. Definitely, increased whines of you love them better; I wish I was an only child; I was here first; when will it be MY turn, why do I always have to be the responsible one; why do I have to set a good example, etc and so forth.... ad infinitum (or at least the next 18yrs or so).

Much love and could you give Caitlin a hug from her auntie who understands just how she feels 'cause she's an oldest too!

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