[Photo taken last Summer during our Vacation]
I have been noticing and observing these two with the discipline we applied to them. Of course kids learns from the things they see and hear around them. My husband and I are both new parents and we both have temper as well. We all know that parenting is not as easy as we thought and don't have a parenting manual that we could use in raising our kids. Jake and Justine have been using all the words that they heard from us in a random situation and don't even fit in it. Example is put them on time, spank them, and some other courtesy words. But every time they say something that sounded like me, it cracks me up. I think it was couple of days I guess when I was in our room and Jake said, "I'm gonna out you on time out" and I said Ok. he put me on time out because he asked something but I was not paying attention and so busy making the bed up. That line is a very popular line that he heard from us when he and Justine are misbehaving. This is how kids think, they thought they can put their parents on time out too and doesn't get the idea yet that they did bad and had to be on time out and only parents can put them on time out too.
Well, I had this little game also that puts me off guard. I'm a stay at home mom, and I watch the kids 24 hours 7 days a week. Sometimes, I get tired of hearing the word Mommy and Mama from Jake and Justine because they are just not stop demanding bout things and even if their father is already home, they won't ask him. They would say, I want to ask mommy!!! fine!!! I was in the bathroom Jake knocked the door asking me to open it and I was tired. He kept screaming outside Mommy, mommy, open the door, so I said. "Mommy is not here", and he said Sheila open the door," so I said, Sheila is not here either. So he asked in an innocent tone like, What is your name? I did not answer because I do not know what to say. If I say something he will be using it.
We taught them our names so they know what their parents name are. Jake and Justine were playing with us yesterday calling us by our first name. Jake had been telling me like "Your name is Sheila, you are not Mommy, Your name is Joe not Daddy" Well, he is a smart kid and he is just teasing us. I don't get affected with it but Joe was already annoyed because he doesn't want his kids call him by his first name. It gotten worst because Justine was also following Jake but instead of using the mommy and daddy, she just called us with our first name like, Sheila! Joe. Then she approached her Daddy and said Joe. I was smiling because it sounded so funny when calling us by our first name from a two year old kid. But she almost got spanked because when she approached her daddy and yell Joe! Joe! she also took a swipe on Joe while he was in his computer watching the game.
Am glad she stopped when I said, sweetie stop it. I explained it's daddy Joe and mommy Sheila. And the silly game was over. Do you have the same or similar experience in dealing with your little tots?