I can only imagine all parents deal with this to some extent - disobedience and lying. I mean, it's normal for a kid to test his or her boundaries, right?
Last week Mac decided to test his. He peed on the stairs. About 5 feet from a bathroom. And about 8 feet from another bathroom. And 9 steps and another 5 feet from another bathroom. Get the picture?
I asked him what was going on. He said he couldn't make it to any of the aforementioned potties.
Me: Oh no! Are your pants wet? (I knew this was not the case)
Me: So how did you have an accident and not get your pants wet?
Mac: I pulled it out of my pants. (you know, "it," the part that pees)
Me: You had time for that but not to make it to the bathroom?
Mac: No. I just decided to pee on the stairs.
I made him clean it up, of course. But I wanted something else. Because not only did he pee on the stairs, but he lied about it.
So I told him maybe as punishment he needed to go in the yard and pick up the dog poo. I'm thinking I'm pretty smart. The punishment fits the crime and all. Besides - we have a chihuahua, he'd spend 5 minutes out there with a shovel and bucket, find nothing, and be done. I mean really - chihuahua poo is tiny and there's no telling where it might be in our big yard.
But Mac bursts into tears over this.
What on earth? I didn't think it was that bad. It's not against the law to have your kid clean up the poo from your yard, right?
I took his hand and calmly asked why he was crying.
His response: Can I at least use a NAPKIN??? **waaaaa**
I couldn't help myself. I busted out laughing. My poor boy thought I was going to make him pick up poo with his bare hands.
He was not too amused with my laughter, so I had to calm down and reassure him I would never make him touch poo with his bare hands. Then I decided that the mere idea of handling poo napkin-less was enough and let the rest of the punishment slide.
My poor sweet boy. I'm still laughing over this one!