I CAN’T

Princess Sassafras has been going through a phase.

(It sure as hell had better be just a phase….)

She likes to scream “I CAN’T!!” when asked to do something.

Particularly things she is most capable of doing and has been doing herself for years.

(Like taking off her pajamas in the morning, or putting something into the trash can.)

And it’s been irritating the hell out of me.

All I want to do is scream back to her “YES YOU FUCKING CAN IF YOU’D STOP SCREAMING AND SPEND THREE SECONDS ACTUALLY TRYING!”

But parents aren’t supposed to do that.

So I end up resorting to drastic and majorly bluffing (so please, for the love of god, don’t make her call me on them one day) measures to attempt to convince her that she really might be able to carry her ballet slippers the 20 feet into the studio where her dance class is.

Like telling her “Fine, if you can’t carry them we’ll just go home and you won’t do dance class.”

Or in response to her sudden inability to take off her bedtime diaper (she IS toilet trained during the day, and totally could be at night too if I wasn’t such a fucking lazy bumwade), “Well, then I guess you’ll just have to wear your wet diaper to school today.”

And stuff to get out the door? “Alright, Little Raptor and I will just go get pancakes by ourselves and you can stay home since you can’t bring me your coat or put your shoes on.”

I don’t know if this is good parenting or not.

But I think the probablitiy of long term traumatizing is pretty low. And it will mostly work (although she will be carrying on about how she can’t the whole time she’s doing it), so that’s usually good enough for me.

As long as she doesn’t try to call me on the bluffs…..

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. echo42
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 16:14:17

    My nephew went through the exact same phase…everything was “I Can’t do that” “I Can’t do this” etc.

    Its a normal kid phase, and “this too shall pass” ™

    she won’t call you on the bluffs (if she does, just call her calling it, make like you’re leaving/eating pancakes/whatever, and she’ll snap too) as she’s just wanting the attention and such by being a pain.

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