The Time I Was Incarcerated…

If you do the crime, you must do the time. I sarcastically rattle this off to my child when she is placed on the Naughty Step (thanks Supernanny) for her various indiscretions. Perhaps she has had a smart mouth or did not do as she was told after being asked more than once. In our house, the amount of time you sit in time out is based on how many years you are. Nine years old = 9 minutes. It’s not Rocket Science. The Naughty Step is the bottom step of the staircase that leads to the second floor and you can not see the TV from it. Perfect spot, right?

One thing I have been drilling into my girl lately is not saying phrases that sound like something else. Such as “what the heck” or “no freaking way”. I tell her that saying those things are just like saying the bad version of them and we need to steer clear. Now don’t get me wrong. When she is not around, I am TOTALLY guilty of saying the bad versions of these phrases, but I am very good at not slipping up around her. Until this week…

While we were going over her math homework the other day, I was learning a lesson in patience. Let me preface this by saying that I HATE doing homework with her but it must be done so I suck it up. I want her to succeed and feel good about her accomplishments, I just don’t want to take the hour it does to get this done. I was pretty much a straight A student and never had to take my math finals because I had aced every test leading up to them. (Here is where I blame my husband for my wonderful average student.) I am perfectly happy with her grades and would never push her to be perfect. But I digress…

Ever been here?

Homework Hell

I had gone over the same problem with her at least 50 4 times and it was wrong, yet again. So, in my moment of frustration I said, “There is no freaking way you got this wrong again.” Yep, there it is. The exact phrase she is not allowed to say.

“Mom! You are in time out on the Naughty Step!” Ummm…what do I do here? Tell her that Mom sometimes makes mistakes and move along? Apologize and tell her that this looming math problem is a bigger issue we need to tackle? That is the complete opposite of what I am trying to teach her. The bigger issue here is being a good example.

I told her she was right, but told her that grownups don’t fit on the step so I would do my time on the couch. Do you get what I am saying here people??? I got to sit. On the couch. All alone. For 38 minutes!!!

I will NOT be using this to get out of Mommy Jail!

Get out of jail card

I happily did my time. You know what they say about repeat offenders? I think I may turn into one of those. She was also very proud of the fact that she “caught” me and could not wait to tell Daddy. I got the “raised eyebrows” from him that say “seriously?” Yep, you know what I always say? If you do the crime, you must do the time.

Alright, time to fess up. Come clean and share about a time you had to take a punishment from your kids. You will feel better for getting it off your conscience.

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17 thoughts on “The Time I Was Incarcerated…

  1. AH yes!!! How many times I have been caught in this unfortunate circumstance!! Eating all the cake… swearing in the car…. swearing… more swearing… losing it…. yelling…. etc… ahem.

    They nail me every time! So I usually apologize and if I’m really in a mood, I make sure to clearly point out the last 457 times they have had an in-fracture of the Carter Justice Dept. ;) It never really works. So I accept full responsibility and then- get caught immediately following the punishment.

  2. One thing about homeschooling, I have learned (most of the time) to keep my cool. The second thing I learned is that things don’t always come easily to others as they did to yourself. I think it’s important to be patient and loving. Sometimes, things are just not taught the way you need them to be taught, you know? Everybody learns differently.

    One thing I do with my kids is try to think of creative ways – that help them to learn. I don’t worry if they don’t get it the first time or second time or third time. She will eventually get it. There have been so many times people have tried to feed me info, and I haven’t gotten it on the first , or 10th try.

    While I don’t think time outs really work with kids, i do agree that Moms do definitely need a time out. I put myself on time outs all the time. It allows me to collect my thoughts.

    Thanks so much for this lovely post! I am going to pin it to our Monday Mommy Blog Hop Pinterest board!

    I have followed you via bloglovin and will also follow you via all your other social media!

    Have a fab week!

    • Everything you said is so true! Thank you for the advice. Homework has certainly been a lesson in patience for both of us but mainly me. I think we are going to split up the homework and tackle it that way. Thanks for the follows and I have followed you back. Hopefully, neither of us will end up in time out.

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  4. You have me literally laughing out loud over here. I LOVE that you did the time-out thing the right way, with one minute per year of your age, and you got to sit on the couch for 38 minutes. I am laughing so hard! Priceless!! You need to submit this to Dani Ryan at Cloudy with a Chance of Wine for Priceless Mom Moments, although it’s more of an embarrassing-mom-moment type submission. But still, I’ll bet she’d love this!

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