My birthday was last week and I realized something. Something wonderful. And I feel it is my duty as a parent to share it.
When my kids asked me what I wanted for my birthday I told them I wanted no fighting, no arguing, no whining and no tattling. Being terrible negotiators, and not having anything else to give me, they agreed right away. Throughout the day, whenever they began to fight, argue, whine or tattle I reminded them of their gift and they stopped.
I was amazed.
The following day, my daughter came to tattle about something. I stopped her and told her, “No tattling. Remember, for my birthday you agreed not tattle.”
Her argument was predictable and she said that it’s not my birthday anymore.
That’s when I realized something. Gifts, unless explicitly stated, are not given only for that day. “You can’t just take back your gift because it’s not my birthday.”
Naturally she argued. “Yes we can.”
My response was, “Okay. It’s not Christmas anymore so I can take back all of your presents.”
Her response? No fighting, no arguing, no whining and no tattling.
It’s been seven days. I can’t believe it’s working either.
You’ve got to get this gift.
Holy crap, our weeks are filling up.
• Steven Luna gave Mother Nature a lashing for the Snowpocalypsemageddomholyshititscold
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Fuel points(what’s this?): A measly 8,519. In my defense, I did nothing so I’m going to claim that I was setting a baseline. Next week we’ll see how many points walking around Vegas earns.