But the boy? Oh boy...
He has redrawn the battle lines and now it's almost impossible to even get him to acknowledge it's time to get ready for bed. The other night I called and called him for his bath but didn't get a response so I had to go downstairs and haul him back upstairs for his bath. While I was brushing the teeth belonging to the other two kids, he snuck downstairs and didn't respond to calls. This eventually wound me up a bit because I had to go down to get him, which meant Ned followed me, which in turn meant Fifi followed Ned as she didn't want to be upstairs on her own. While I hunted the boy down, Ned went foraging for snacks, which meant I had to brush his teeth again, and Fifi generally got in the way.
I found the boy kicking a beach ball style football around in the sitting room. He completely ignored me and had what I refer to as the "smirk of not going to do what you've asked me to" plastered across his face. He didn't respond to a word I said, so I snapped. It had been a long week, it was very hot, and I was tired and fed up. I don't often lose my temper but I did. I grabbed his football, dug my fingers into it and ripped it almost in half.
|The hat: tactically an error|
Eventually wifey had to tell him that the neighbours were going to call the police if he didn't stop the racket and that seemed to do the trick.
Poor little Ned- during the shouting and screaming, I kept on checking on Ned and he was huddled under his covers. He kept on saying sorry, as though it was his fault, which it evidently wasn't.
The next day I popped into Wilkos and bought three similar balls for a quid each, which seemed to do the trick but long term it's not going to help me get the kids upstairs for bed is it?