Mama's World

Sunday afternoon I went to Walmart. There are no quick trips to Walmart. But I felt good about it. The family had all been fed, the baby was asleep, the kids were just starting a movie with their dad. The world was good.

I was at Walmart about two hours.

I came home to complete quiet. Real quiet. Nothing. I wondered if they were still home. Walking down the hallway, I heard a voice "Mom, can we get out now (from their bedroom)?" I reponded "Umm. Why are you there?" Its always good to know those things first. " Because Dad grounded us. "Now, keep in mind that they are seven and eight. "Grounding" means that they have to stay in their room for a little while. "Umm. Let me talk to your father."

I find my husband on the bed. Quiet. "Why are they, um, grounded?" "Because." "Because ... why?" "Because they were really misbehaving." "And ..." "And I needed them to be quiet because I have a migraine." (Note to husband: yeah, yeah, I know you just said you had a headache but your scale for pain is skewed. To everyone else, what you had was a migraine)

I took matters into my own hands. I pulled the blinds, closed the door and turned the boys loose. Kind of. In a structured sort of way. Meaning that they unloaded the groceries and cleared the table and started helping me put things away. Lee resisted slightly when I started giving them specific laundry instructions. He looked up at me and said "Gee, I wish I was still grounded."

I looked at him a little confused. "You LIKE being grounded?" "Oh, yeah. Reading. Coloring. Playing with toys on my bed. Telling jokes with Ron. Its great!"

This lead me to explain: "There's a difference between Daddy's World and Mama's World. In my world, "grounding" means I find extra chores for you to do under my direct supervision. Worst case, if I'm too busy to give you adequate supervision, I might confine you to bed with no toys and no talking so that you can think about whatever it was you did that made me ground you and how you can do better next time. "

Lee, sighing "I want to go live in Daddy's World."

Yeah, yeah. Thats what they alll say until they run out of clean underwear and get tired of living on cereal ;)


Daddy's world is always more fun. My kids LOVE it when I have to go away somewhere!

Leni | 08/24/2006 - 09:08 PM

There are no quick trips to Walmart.

Ain't it the truth?! I rather enjoy going over to shop at the Walmart in Decorah— but only if I've got a couple of hours free to wander the endless labyrinth.

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