Monday, May 21, 2012

Peyton wanted to wear a dress this morning...

...and I let her.  No big deal, right?

Well, tonight she wanted to watch a movie and I didn't even need to scan the living room before I told her that she needed to pick up her toys first.  Earlier this morning Juju was driving her nuts so Peyton dragged the entire toy box to the front room so that Juju would busy herself with that instead of crawling on top of Peyton.  By 7 p.m. every toy had made its way out of the box.

Fast forward to 7:30 and Peyton is in a state of absolute hysteria.  Through loud sobs, Peyton has this conversation with me:

Me:  Peyton, I know you want to watch a movie but I can't let you do that until you pick up your toys.

Peyton:  But I not WANT to (insert snot sound) pick up my toys!

Me: Then no movie.

Peyton: (Rocking herself in a small Rubbermaid tub that she barely fits into) I not want to pick up toys!  I a princess!  I wear a dress! I want a movie!

Me:  But Peyton, didn't you know?  Princesses always pick up their toys!  I can help you!  Once they are picked up, you may watch a movie!

Peyton: NO!  I wear a dress!  Princesses NOT pick up toys!  Mommy picks up toys! 

She then kicked over the box of toys that I had started to help clean up and screamed "I NOT watch movie ever AGAIN!" and ran away and locked herself in her room. this adolescence (har har har)?  I don't know where it came from!  She is usually really good about cleaning up. It's a good thing she sprinted down the hallway and sent herself to a room.  Saved me the trouble of doing it.


Sandy Jean n Will Demar said...

Ooo...I guess this is what I get to look forward too. :) You handled it very well though! I'm impressed with your mad parenting skills!

Courtney said...

Ha. Sandy, if I had mad parenting skills she probably wouldn't have thrown this fit in the first place. Usually when she gets upset like this she tells me she wants to say a prayer (cutest thing ever) and we pray for comfort and that almost always works. Today she did NOT want to say a prayer.

Vickey said...

She's just having a moment. We all have them. At this age she is retesting her boundaries to see if they still stand the same. Believe it or not, it will turn out to be a comfort to her. And you do have amazing parenting skills Cory. I am constantly impressed with your ability to help your girlies choose the right. Like last Sunday when P was about to be a ratfink to Juju and you said, "Peyton, are you about to make a wrong decision? Remember we are choosing the right?" and P then made a good choice. You let her choose,with some encouragement, to do the right thing instead of saying to her no, this is how it is going to be. It is impressive to see a 2 yr old make good decisions on a regular basis.

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