"Swats & Shakes". It's our new disciplinary strategy. Here's how it works:
Step 1. Child gets out of bed the 49'th time Step 2. Dad gives child a swat for getting out of bed the 49'th time
Step 3. Mom comes home 2 minutes later & ( on a whim ) announces "Let's go get milk shakes"
Step 4. Child happily climbs out of bed the 50'th time, and is rewarded a milk shake.
( I guess you gotta reward their determination every once in a while )
Even though it makes no sense, sometimes it's nice to throw the "spontaneous" card, and add a little pointless enjoyment to your evening. Thanks Kate, we all had a great time!!
Brooklyn ordered the 3 shake meal with a side of shake. Her current "sugar high" can be measured by her elevation from the seat. Needless to say, this wasn't the best tactic for making sleepy kids.