I can dish it out, but…

30 Sep

What I could be eating right now.

I’m kind of hurting tonight.  I put myself in a situation I regret.   I threatened my beasts with a punishment that I’d like to take back – but I had to see it through.  They really weren’t doing anything all that bad – it was just wrestling and yelling and screaming.  It was starting to drive me crazy. And in all honesty, it was a stall tactic by them to avoid the responsibilities they had (homework and chores).   So I let my emotions get the best of me and I threatened, “If you don’t stop, I am going to box up all the cookies I just made and give them to the Taylors!”

Well guess what – they didn’t stop.  Not even after I did the countdown maneuver.  “Five, four, three, two…”  And when I reached “One!”  I knew this was a bad deal.  But I had to see it through.  My younger beast quickly lamented, “He is the one that wouldn’t stop – I should still get some.”  To which I oh so wisely replied, “An entire family is always affected by the poor choices even one member makes.”  Yeah, it sounded good, but deep down I was really regretting those words coming out of my mouth and realized I was the one that made the poor choice.

The Taylor’s were just outside our back door using hubby’s tools for a last-minute school project.  So unfortunately, it wasn’t like I had made an empty threat that I couldn’t easily deliver.  I think my beasts  just know how much I love freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and there was no way I was really giving them all away.  But I did it.  I boxed them up and gave them to my husband with strict orders to give them to The Taylors…   Not before I scarfed one down though.  It was good….

Parenting Tip:  Don’t threaten a punishment or consequence you can’t (or don’t want to) execute.

[Exodus 34:7b  Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.]


2 Responses to “I can dish it out, but…”

  1. Billie Martin October 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    You did what you had to do and it is O.K. We all hit a breaking point sometime, Love you Billie

  2. Janet September 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Love it, thanks for sharing. Those 2 didn’t mention to Collin and I….hmmmmm;-)

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