This is one of the instances in which I feel I fail at being a parent: when my children deliberate defy me to test my limits.
I have never been the best disciplinarian. I wouldn't go as far to say I spoiled them, but I am definitely guilty of the "not following through." I fear I have the title of "queen of idle threats" when it comes to their perspective. I also yell when I lose my temper. *sigh*
This morning was a winner. Two out of three really pushed me. Biggest one wanted to stay home again today, but had no fever, just a sore throat. He whined but acquiesced with not much argument.
Darling daughter, who is a red head through and through, decided to ignore my requests to brush her teeth and comb her hair before school, up to the point where I asked her if she was choosing not to do it and deliberately defying me. She said yes.
I did stay calm, for which I was proud of. Unfortunately in the middle of all this I saw littlest one most carefully combing his hair---still in pj's, with the bus due in 5 minutes. He then threw a fit with me, saying he wasn't going to school and refusing to get dressed. This is where I usually pick him up and force the clothes on him, but today I pulled out the "ok, mommy will drive you to school" card and told him to put his clothes on. By that point, daughter had her hat and coat on. I told her this wasn't over and we would discuss it when she got home.
She gets home in ten minutes and I still don't know what to do. I am so screwed when she hits puberty.