Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jungle Gym...No More

It appears that I have a sign on me somewhere that read, "Please climb on me." If I could find it I would take it off.
Feeling a bit beat up by the kids lately. When ever I sit down they swarm me. They perch on my shoulders and do flying leaps into my lap. It is no wonder I have bruises in the oddest places. My kids do odd things to my body.
Tonight, after an excruciating blow... I demanded it stop. But now I am left wondering, 'How do I follow through?'
Isolation from mom. While not completely practical may be the consequence.
If you were in this situation, what would you do?


Jayme Cox said...

Dude~ that I would not have allowed it to happen in the first place, but you are so much cooler than me so it all comes down to consistency... "Growing kids Gods way" excellent book! Good luck my friend!

Mindy Richmond said...

I'm with Jayme so I'm not much help. Drastic measures may be required. Isolation from you could help, but I would try something I saw Michelle Duggar do on one of her episodes. She has the kids "practice" self-control by sitting in a chair periodically and having them just sit calmly. She started this with each kid at a very young age. That way they know how to behave indoors and it's not a struggle for them to just sit still when needed.

heather j said...

We love to wrestle at our house. We have so much fun doing it, but eventually someone gets bumped or proded. And there are definitely times where Josiah will jump over us (but not really make it), or just jump on us and wrestling ensues ;) Good times. But like you are saying, there are times when you just don't want to be jumped on or climbed on. Especially when you don't feel good or have a sore back. We have to really get after him during those times. So I totally understand. So we do time outs when he is just getting to wound up. But with older kids, I wonder if sitting them down and asking them what they would do. You just never know, maybe they will come up with a happy medium, where they can still love on you (not so brutally ;) and they will know when the time for fun/play can happen and when you don't want them climbing on you. I am sure we will face that in the future, but for now, we will stick with the time outs when he won't listen to us ;) Good luck and let me know what worked for you!!!

momteacherfriend said...

I think this stems from dad playing rough with them. Which is a healthy thing for dads to do. The issue is when he goes out of town , they think I am the one to play rough with.

We made important strides today. I think it is going to come down to me consistently reacting in a way that sends the message.