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To spank or not to spank? We spank and though that isn’t socially accepted in today’s world, it is Biblical. However, we don’t spank in public…..which leads me to consequences. I noticed that when disciplining Ella at home, the threat of a spanking is often just as good as the real thing. However, we needed a “code” word for spanking when out in public, so I introduced her to the word consequences. For instance, “Ella come here, or I am going to spank you and that means consequences.” So now when out in public, all I have to do is say, “Ella, come here, or there will be consequences.” And she knows what that means.

Today at home, Ella proceeded to place one of her toddler-sized chairs on the couch beside me, so that she could sit on the chair- and on the couch- all at the same time. I told her to put the chair down, it doesn’t go on the couch, it goes on the floor. She quickly went into melt-down mode and started pulling the chair off the couch WITHOUT mommy’s help in a tirade and, wouldn’t you know it, the chair somewhat fell on her and she began to cry (please don’t worry- she wasn’t really hurt- more mad than anything). I ignored the fit, as I usually do, and she looked at me and said,

“Mommy, I have consequences.”

“What??????!???!??!!!!?” I gasped.

“I have consequences.”

“That’s right, Ella. You got hurt and that was your consequences for putting the chair on the couch.”

And she knew exactly what that meant. (!!!!)

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6 Responses to “Consequences”

  1. amanda February 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    they understand WAYY more than we think they do. Way to go!

  2. Aunt Liz February 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Priceless…Litty Pavlov. 🙂

  3. Aunt Cuba February 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Smart like her mom and dad

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