Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Slice of Life 4


The Evening Battle

Preparing our child for bed - the most dreaded time of our day. Each night, following dinner, my husband and I sit semi-relaxed, knowing that the battle is about to begin. First, we must convince our 3 year-old, Millie, to clean up her toys. She is a master negotiator, manipulator and accomplished procrastinator. We must be on our toes ready to divert any avoidance of task, knowing only too well that addressing the toy situation is only one of the many challenges we will be expected to overcome during the next hour.

Last night proved a classic example of our parenting nightmares realized. To be fair, we started off on the defensive, handicapping ourselves by neglectfully lingering over our evening meal. Millie, seizing the moment, and, admittedly unsupervised, skillfully removed each and every one of her books from the bookshelf only to then pile them carefully, purposefully miles away from the bookcase on the couch. The quiet from the other room should have served as a warning to us that we were forfeiting the high ground. But, no. We opted to seize the opportunity for five minutes of uninterrupted adult conversation before surveying the scene.

Prepared for the worst, we entered the living room. Millie, blue eyes twinkling, wicked little smile on her face, looked us over and, feigning innocence, asked, “Daddy, can I have story?” Relief washed over me - Millie had engaged my husband. I only would be required to offer back-up on tonight’s mission - Pat would lead the charge.

True to form, Millie craftily managed to drag out putting away of her books for a full 20 minutes. During this time, we countered her pleas for assistance with the task, fake tears, and general misdirection with pleas of our own begging for the task to begin, fake encouraging words, and, finally, no less than three time outs - including one “big time out" in which she was isolated in another room while we counted to 10 and regrouped.

Tragically, Millie returned to the scene sensing weakness. And, while I am loathe to admit it... Yes, eyeing the clock, we ultimately capitulated totally.  We helped her clean up her books.

I will end the story here. But, know this - the battle still raged on for another 40 minutes as we soldiered through shower, pajama dressing, teeth brushing, hair combing, story time, and, lastly, hopefully, with any luck, living on a prayer, sleep.

46 comments:

  1. My SOL 4 - http://asrinivas21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  2. My SOL 4 - http://sjoly21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-having-brother.html

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  3. My SOL 4 - http://nverheijen21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  4. Here is my SOL #4 about my friendship.
    http://labid21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  5. My Slice of Life 4 about a never ending game my friends and I play:http://sekram21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  6. This is My 4th SOL about the intense story of a ball shattering glass-http://rzanolini21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  7. Here is my slice of life number 4, about my dog eating my homework. http://aoctoman21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-my-dog-ate-my-homework.html

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  8. This is my Slice of Life 4 about my friend's embarrassing experience
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    http://ygkim21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  9. This is my Slice of Life 4 about my dream
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  10. This is my SOL 4 about finding out that I am moving to malaysia.
    http://xruge21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  11. This is my SOL 4, and its about when a cockroach was crawling down my little brother's armpits. http://nkim21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4_4.html

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  12. This is my Slice of Life 4, about me recklessly riding down a hill ~ http://kirahola21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-explode-moment.html

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  14. This is my SOL 4 http://jvolpe21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  16. This is my SOL 4 - http://lchami21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-march-4.html

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  17. This is my SOL 4 : http://mchong21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  18. This is my SOL 4 - http://cbaker21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-4-post-4.html

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  19. This is my SOL 4 - http://zbarrow21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-day-4.html

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  20. This is my SOL 4 http://sgustini21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-explosive-moment-water.html

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  21. This is my SOL 4 http://mkagan21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  22. this is my SOL 4 - http://cfong21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-march-4-2015_4.html

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  23. Here is my Slice of Life 4 - http://amehmood21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-exploded-moment.html

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  24. This is my SOL - 3 http://mcox21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  25. Here is my SOL 4 about vomiting because of nerves :(

    http://kfoudy21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  27. This is my SOL 4 http://isuarez21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  28. This is my SOL 4 http://isuarez21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  29. This is my SOL - http://hazamgharmir21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-no4.html

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  30. This is my SOL about my worst night EVER!!! - http://dnanavati21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-2_4.html

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  31. This is my Slice of Life about my worst night EVER! - http://dnanavati21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-2_4.html

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  32. This is my sol http://dschiet21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  33. My SOL 3- http://tbogacz21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-day-4.html

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  34. My SOL 3 about doing something over - http://gchivers21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-challenge-day-4.html

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  35. This is my SOL 4 about getting test back in my old school. http://kmorita21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  36. My SOL number 4
    http://rphilippe21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  37. http://ntanka21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

    This is my sol about my dog ^

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  38. This is my SOL 4 about the bus driver.
    http://jmkim21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  39. This is my SOL 4, about what I want to be when I grow up...

    http://asagar21.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-slice-of-life-challenge-no-4-what.html

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  40. My sol 4 About my really bad day-http://aarnett21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  41. Heres my SOL 4, it's about my first middle leauge game http://kfaizi21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  42. My SOL 4 about the soccer game that went into slo-motion- http://nathansliceoflife.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  43. This is my SOL 4, it is about what humans did to rain.
    http://aalirahman21.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4.html

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  44. My SOL 4: http://theperceptualshift.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-4-2015.html

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  45. My SOL http://apuri21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-day-4.html

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  46. My SOL http://apuri21iskl.blogspot.com/2015/03/slice-of-life-day-4.html

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