Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's "Please" not "Now!"

In this age of instant everything (eg instant coffee, instant noodles, instant passport photos, etc) the kids too have caught on. They want everything "NOW!"

A common phrase coming out of Little D's mouth is : I want it NOW!

Never mind that we have to cook it, make it, find it, etc, she wants it NOW, and if she doesnt get it, she will throw a tantrum, BIG TIME!

Hubby and I have been trying to teach her that "NOW" all the time is not possible. If we can accede, we will. More often than not, it is not possible. We have told her, ask for it with a "Please" not "Now!"

So now everytime she asks for something, we will say: Is it now?

When she is in a good mood, she will smile and say: No! It's please.
When she is in a not so good mood, she will not answer, and we will ask her: What's the magic word? She knows that if she doesnt use the magic word, she will not get it, tantrum or not.

Just the other day, I told her it was time for her nap. She looked at me, and was about to fuss about having to take a nap (I could see that in her eyes), when I gave her a stern look and said : Now!

She said: Mum, it's not "Now" it's "please"!

What can I say? She is a fast learner!!


GarGies said...

Haha... children really tickle us when we least expect it.

constance said...

hahaha.. same with mine. now she will say, "if i do this will you do .....".. mine is now learning to bargain.

btw, i got an interesting tag for you. at your own time, no hurry.

bp said...

Yes, it's "please... pretty please"! Clever girl, D! =)

doc said...

shows you have to be careful what you tell kids these days - they may just turn the tables on you!!

Iml said...

It goes to show that children do listen and remember what mummy tells them.

NomadicMom said...

Tell me about it... My son would say "I'm using your favourite words against you!!!".

Judy said...

:) We have to be so careful as these smart kids always use our teachings to backfire on us. :D