Friday, April 29, 2011

I confess....

1) Instead of time-outs, I make the spawn do manual labor.

But not just any type of manual labor...the type of manual labor I despise.  Pulling weeds.

With the weather becoming warmer, it's time for us to get our garden ready for summer veggies and fruits.  The thought of clearing all the weeds literally made me groan.

So I waited for the spawn to misbehave...because I knew they would.

And then I sentenced them to an hour of clearing weeds out of the garden.

Win/win....wouldn't you say?

2)  I let my kids eat rice krispy treats for dinner one night.

The Friday before Easter, we invited some friends over for a dye Easter eggs and make  rice krispy treats.  The kids participated for....oh, about 5 minutes.   And then promptly left my friend, Wendy, and I in the kitchen to finish the job.

A little back story here...another friend, Ann, had actually suggested this playdate, saying, "I thought it would be fun to get the kids together and decorate rice krispy treats!"

And then she added, "Wouldn't it be so cute to shape the treats into Easter eggs?"

So I volunteered my house and we each agreed that we'd make a batch of the treats ahead of time and then let the kids decorate them while on the playdate.  I spent 45 minutes that morning making rice krispy treats and shoving them into plastic eggs to make the egg-shaped treats, which was fun for maybe the first 2 minutes.

That day, Ann told me she couldn't make it because she had a sick family member in the hospital.

Wendy and I carried on the playdate without her, even though we were bummed she couldn't be there.

You see, out of the three of us, Ann's the crafty one.  She makes the most adorable cookies and cakes, she can take a plain t-shirt and turn it into the most precious decorated shirt you've ever seen and she comes up with perfectly delicious recipes (and her kids actually EAT the food!).

This is the same friend whose children didn't make a peep at our 9-child torturous photo session.  

So....Wendy and I helped the kids dye eggs.  The kids were disappointed to see their choices of colors....poop brown, rusty salmon, bright orange, something that was supposed to be a nice shade of aqua but looked more like burnt seaweed and some other nasty color that resembled puke.

They each dyed maybe 2 eggs and then ran off into the backyard to help Tim set up our new trampoline, much to his dismay.  I could tell he wasn't thrilled about having these little helpers in his way but Wendy and I were just relieved to have them out of our hair.

In an attempt to be helpful, I warned them, at one point, "Guys, stay out of Daddy's way".   But I don't think they heard me....probably because it was an inaudible whisper.

Then we moved on to decorating the rice krispy eggs.  I melted the white chocolate in the microwave, only to actually overcook it by accident.  Neither of us had a clue what to do so we just kept cooking it in 1-minute intervals, thinking that eventually it would soften up.  Even adding shortening to it didn't help.

Wendy and I....well, we're not exactly Martha Freakin' Stewart.  Cakes?  I can make those, no problem.    But ask me to decorate rice krispy treats and apparently all my baking expertise goes out the window, along with my ability to keep pee in my bladder while coughing.

So we took knives and tried our best to smooth the overcooked chocolate onto the eggs and then smeared them with sprinkles and m&m's.  We thought they would pass for edible and that the kids would think they were adorable....until they walked in and stared at the treats, as if they had just discovered freshly-smeared roadkill.

They asked, "What are those?"

"Uh, they're rice krispy treats", I explained.

They just kind of shrugged their shoulders and asked if they could have one.

One turned into three.  And then three turned into five.  Next thing I knew, they were under the trampoline stuffing their faces with God knows how many treats.  I guess pretty doesn't matter when you're under 6 years old and in desperate need of sugar.

However, Wendy's son stood next to Tim, never budging to leave his side, repeatedly saying, "Hey Tim, can I help you?  Tim, I want to help.  Can I help you, Tim?  Hey Tim, I want to help."

Since it was Friday and past 5:00 pm, neither Wendy nor I intervened because technically we were off the clock....and stuffing our faces with poorly-crafted rice krispy treats.  The only thing that might have made it completely perfect was some chilled wine, with a side of Xanex.

By the time I put the kids to bed at 8:00 pm, I realized they had never had dinner.

Well, unless you count rice krispy treats.

It could've been worse.  They could've had NO dinner at all.

Now, that would have been a real shame.


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Lisa said...

There have been nights when PJ's dinner has consisted of Peanut Butter Crackers and fruit snacks.

Eh, it happens. :)

Brooke said...

you could farm them out!! you know...for misbehavior ;) i've got a couple weeds around my rose bushes. do the thorns make it an unsafe work environment for kids?

wonderchris said...

I love that you can see Wendy's son in that picture - you can actual hear him asking Tim if he can help!! :)

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I'm afraid if I made my kids pull weeds, they'd pull out my veggies too and I'd be left with nothing. And they'd totally do that on purpose so I wouldn't make them do that a second time!
Oh, and as for the rice krispy treats - rice krispies = cereal. Cereal = breakfast. So, your kids had breakfast for dinner. What's wrong with that??
I can justify all sorts of parenting fails. =)

Heather said...

When my kids act like poop, they have to clean up poop!!

I thought that was a perfect dinner!

(I did that same thing trying to melt chocolate once...sad because I am supposedly the crafty friend.)

Heather said...

Sometimes I think I can get away with that, but then my 4 year old will say just before she goes to sleep- oh I never had dinner!


It sounds like a fun evening!

MommyLovesStilettos said...

LMAO! I cannot wait to meet you in Florida. I have a feeling it's going to be a great time! :)

P.S. I'm guilty. I forgot to feed my kids dinner the other night. They had Easter Candy. And then about 30 minutes after I put them to bed they came downstairs to remind me they didn't have dinner. FAIL. ;)

VandyJ said...

We make our oldest to manual labor too--picking up dog poo, moving split wood, picking up leaves, stuff like that. It's a good punishment and something gets done.
Rice krispy treats--yummy, but also messy.

Colleen said...

Add a glass of milk and its cereal for dinner, just in a different form, and the chocolate and marshmellow are dessert. It's like the Wonka-gum...all the courses in one! :)

Amy said...

Those treats came out really cute!

I think if you make it a game, nobody will know they are working and everyone wins!

Happy Friday

Barbara said...

I can't wait until my son is old enough to do manual labor in lieu of punishment! I can't wait for the day when I can sit on the couch with a diet coke while he folds the laundry!

J FAM Blog for the Soul said...

I thought about making my son pull the dandelions..not gonna lie..he's 2 though, I'm sure he wouldn't do it for very long.

MiMi said...

Rice crispie treats for dinner are FINE with me!
Okay. Last night your FB update about the HUMAN TURD busted me up.
I laughed out loud during a church thing. They wanted to know and of course I had to share. They were all laughing SOOOO FREAKING HARD!!!

Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

I confess that I have eaten a tray of rice krispie treats for dinner . . . and I thoroughly enjoyed it too.

I confess I make my kids mate all of the unmatched socks in the sock pile as punishment.

Weeds might be next on my list!

Anonymous said...

My children also pull weeds for punishment, in fact my youngest daughter excels in that department! Glad to hear that someone else does the same...

singedwingangel said...

Use a double boiler to melt chocolate, that keeps it from burning and use paraffin wax to think it down..take it from the master of peanut ball makers I KNOW my way aroudnmelting chocolate..
Love the pics and i think it was a cute idea hun.. and rice krispies treats make a fine dinner

Deborah said...

i confess that I once made my daughter wrap her own birthday gift. She didn't know it till after she opened it because the box was non-descript. Not that that has anything to do with dinner or rice krispie treats, but it sure feels good to get that off my chest! :) Great post!

Jenny said...

You're right, at least they ate something! I'm sure if they were hungry, they would have told you.

Good idea to make them do the weeding! I bet they like it too!

Angela said...

I love it!!! At least you were with it enough to do something Easterish. I'm really sucking at getting the fun stuff done....why? Because it's too much work!

How fun to get a trampoline for Easter! At least they probably jumped their sugar high off!

Carrie said...

We regularly have FFY dinners (Fend For Yourself) where they just eat whatever they want. No muss, no fuss. With five of them, sometimes it's the only way to go, lol.

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Desperate Housemommy said...

I am totallly stealing the manual-labor-as-a-consequence. My Cherubs will be scrubbing toilets and folding laundry in no time. *wringing hands with fiendish leer*

KSK said...

Punishment? I thought the whole point of having kids was to have them do the crappy chores? :)

I love the Rice Krispy Easter eggs! ..I'm sure they tasted good! :)

Date Girl said...

I think those treats look delicious. I love that you have your kids do chores. Great exercise and you get your weeds pulled. Definitely win win. I agree with KSK, I thought that was why you had kids in the first place. ;-)

Eva Gallant said...

You had me at rice krispy treats! I love them, even now as an adult!

Zeemaid said...

I'm all for manual labour too. The madder mommy gets the cleaner their rooms have to be unless..... I give up. And there are those days I just sit down in front of the t.v. and turn the volume up. ;)

Kakunaa said...

I had roommates who were terrible at discipline. They let me do it, and I was alllll over the manual labor. That's what I grew up with! The trick is to make it NOT FUN. LOL. I figure you might as well get work done since you have to watch them in time out anyway. And I'm lucky if I get a rice crispy treat for dinner. A few weeks ago I tried the m&m filled rice crispy eggs...yeah, that was fun for about 10 seconds and a pain in the ass the rest of the time, LOL. Good on ya!

Twins Squared said...

Oh that sounds like a huge undertaking! Easter wiped me out. All was great but then add into the mix making homemade banana bread (I never make anything from scratch) and it all nearly killed me. I was so relieved when Sun night rolled around. Anyway, I think the eggs turned out really cute! I never would have attempted that!

Tiffany said...

Prayse has also had rice krispie treats for dinner before. I just considered it another version of "breakfast for dinner." Perfect and won't hurt them one bit!

Amanda's Mom said...

I LOVE your blog. I was laughing out loud at several of your posts. My kids are grown now but, I can so relate to some of your stories .... and, my mom made us weed when we got into trouble also. I am looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts.

Diva Latina said...

I confess I stopped making breakfast for my son when he was in second grade. I haven't been out of bed in the mornings since, unless it's an emergency. Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone!

Missy said...

I make my kids do manual labor when they misbehave too. Best win/win I could ever think up (though I didn't think of it - someone else suggested it). I actually have a list of odorous tasks for when they are really bad that rise in difficulty based on the offense level. Heh, heh, heh! :)

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

That picture of the kids underneath the trampoline stuffing their faces is the best.

I will eventually assign manual labor, but right now the Crazies ENJOY pulling weeds and walking them back and forth to the bins...ahhh...when can I start to torture them??

Jayme said...

I give my twins rice krispie treats for breakfast. way less messy than giving two not quite two year olds a bowl of cereal with milk.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

That's 3 courses, Snap, Crackle & Pop! And melting chocolate is a pain in the ass. just sayin'

Nezzy said...

Shoot, my kiddos were raised on a large workin' farm, don't think I didn't use hard labor as a punishment. Whatever works baby! Heeehehe!

I sometimes eat cereal for supper when Farm Boy is workin' too late for supper.

God bless ya and have a tremendous day! :o)

Shell said...

I would eat those for dinner. Though not ones that the kids touched.

Anonymous said...

No shame in your game! Matter of fact, I might start ditching time out in lieu of chores. I love how you think.

The Mother said...

Draco knew what he was doing.

So called "draconian" punishment is good for kids. They hate it. And thus--punishment.

MUCH more useful than sending a kid to his room, where they want to be--with their computer and their internet.

Anonymous said...

think I can get my 4yo to do chores for bad behavor? That would help my life:-)

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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