It seemed like everywhere I went during the month of December, parents were just plain “over” their kids.
I would hear from one mom that her kids wouldn’t listen. She told them they would probably end up on the naughty list.
My other friend told her kids that they were so demanding and so sassy that the Elf was going back to tell Santa.
I think I actually called off Christmas four or five times due to the “lack of wanting to help me out” around the house. Their Cinderella stepsister attitudes were starting to get on my last nerve.
All kinds of threats I could hear being thrown around town by parents like:
-Forget getting a Hatchimal (which probably didn’t happened anyways)
-If you get out of bed, then Santa won’t leave any presents under the tree.
-We are not baking cookies, if you don’t do your homework.
-Wait till your father gets home. (Wait! I got that one from my mom.)
-We won’t go to the tree lighting, if you don’t clean up those toys.
So with a dried out Christmas tree in the front yard for garbage pick up and the elf put back on the shelf, panic sets in!
What do we threaten our kids with now that the holiday is over?
I don’t know maybe their…..lives.
I know this. Parenting is the hardest thing we will ever do. Sometimes threats work at the heat of the moment and sometimes our children just look through our souls and laugh internally with their eyes.
The thing is…you need a little back up when your kids start to get smarter than you.
So, what’s next? No Disney? No birthday parties? I’m not sure I can wait around for the Easter Bunny!