I'm not a nice mom. In my defense, it's been a long day and tonight I went grocery shopping while breaking the two cardinal rules of grocery shopping.
1. Don't go when you are hungry.
2. Don't take kids who are hungry and/or tired.
I was starving, which explains the 4 lb bucket of Twizzlers I bought, and both my kids were hungry AND tired. So after a nightmare of a shopping trip we came home to have dinner, which is never an easy event around here. After 45 minutes of Alexis hemming and hawing and crying and not drinking her milk I finally lost it. I turned to her and said, "if you don't drink that milk I'm going to dump it on your head"*. Mean, right? You can agree with me, I know it was mean. It was intended to be 90% comedic (I thought Jeremy might laugh), and 10% motivational. Alexis saw it as 0% funny, and 100% scary, which translates into motivational for her. Her first reaction was to cry and say, "but I won't be pretty if you dump milk on my head!". Fortunately Jeremy stepped in and said, "then you better hurry up and drink it". I'm so glad he supports me. The milk was gone within 2 minutes, after which Alexis went and sat on Jeremy's lap and told him she was having a "rough day".
And as I've been typing this I can hear the kids upstairs in the bath (Jeremy is watching them, don't worry), and Tyler pulled the shower thing up while the water was running, so they got water on their heads--her least favorite thing. "Rough days" just never seem to end fast enough.
P.S. Here's the link for the funny SNL skit I mentioned a few posts back. It's clean, so don't worry if your kids are in the room. Watch it. You won't be sorry.
*For the record, I wouldn't have actually followed through with that threat. So don't call CPS on me.