Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

This time last year I was great with child - 38 weeks pregnant, to be exact - and the recipient of many an unsolicited comment about how full my hands were about to be. 12 months later I'm realizing what those women meant.
Over the last few weeks Corrinne's personality has really come to the surface. While Cash is timid, cautious, and tender-hearted; Corrinne is adventurous, sneaky, and strong-willed. She knows what she wants when she wants it and has recently acquired a shriek that could be heard within a 20 mile radius. Thanks to having an older brother she is fully versed in how to handle the "No- No" situations. She simply yells back at us, "Nooooooo!" and shrieks. Even though she is not old enough to get the spanking her behavior sometimes deserves we are sticking with age-appropriate hand-smack. This evening I smacked her chubby little hand for telling me no and could not believe what happened next...
First she gave me a look of shock (score 1 for mom!), rubbed her hand I had smacked (Aw, man! Mommy guilt set in), then walked over and smacked my hand right back! (WHAT?!)
Clearly this calls for an emergency reading of James Dobson's, The Strong-Willed Child.


Meagan Maynard said...

Same thing here! Let me know what you find out!! I feel you on the mommy guilt! It's bad!

New Mommy!!! said...

I LOVE this post!! Ha! Go Corrinne! Too funny, I would love to hear that shriek! IS your son;s name Cash, I love that!!! I wanted to name our child Cash, if he was born, like Cash Warren, Jessica Alba's husband. I LOVE that!! And we love Johnny Cash too;)

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