Re: February Infants & Toddlers
posted at 3/2/2013 1:06 AM EST
Hmmm.... you didn't ask for a solution for Thing One and Thing Two, but here goes, for what it's worth:
the trick (they say) about discipline is that the "punishment" has to fit the "crime" - another way to say it is that there needs to be natural consequences. You act up in the grocery store, you get taken out of said grocery store, stuffed in carseats and taken home (and, tomorrow, when they want popsicles, or fish crackers or whatever you were there to buy, you can say to them well, we went to the grocery store yesterday to buy fish crackers for snack, but you didn't listen to Mama and we had to leave. so now you don't have fish crackers. - you can only do this the next day, not for days on end) More natural consequences. You wouldn't take away tv time for grocery store misbehavior, as that doesn't make sense.
And you should go to the grocery store tomorrow so they have a chance to try again, while today's memory of carseat stuffing still lives in their memories.
So what are the natural consequences for climbing over that gate to get to kitty? I'd say from now on (unless this is a punishment for you, then don't do it) they must walk downstairs with you to get the laundry and carry it up. yeah, I know, they don't WANT to go down those stairs and then turn around and come right back up. The stairs are steep (believe me, if they can climb over a gate, onto the counters, and out of their cribs they can walk up and down steep stairs - it will do them good to figure it out and focus), it's cold down there, it's a bit dark in the corners. Well, remember when Mama asked you to stay upstairs and not bother kitty but you went into her room? Well, now Mama needs to see you so you must go downstairs with her. Maybe NEXT time you can stay upstairs, we'll have to see. And then you follow through. And when go down and come up, each carrying 3 socks, you say good job, thank you for helping Mama.
Otherwise, iif taking them up and down stairs is too horrible for you to imagine (and it might be) then... they disobeyed, so they get a timeout on the stairs - one at the top, the other at the bottom. Or one on the stairs and one on a stool in the kitchen. I don't know what's best, but they are not to sit together, because then it's playing and snuggling time, not "thinking about what you did wrong" time. Because sometimes you just need a punishment, swift and direct, to impress upon them, and there isn't any natural consequence.
Also helping them to understand the WHY of the gate might help - remember, kitty is old and she has a hard time with us because she gets tired, so she gets her own bedroom. You have your bedroom, and that's kitty's bedroom. Can they sometimes go in under your direct supervision to pet kitty and feed her treats (my cats LOVE greenies dental treats) so that she isn't so much the forbidden fruit, but rather an old kitty who is so special that they are gentle (under direct supervision?). Can they make pictures for kitty and hang them in her bedroom to decorate them? This way she is more part of their family than "Mama's cat that doesn't matter to us except we really want to touch her 'cuz we can't".
Good you could smile at the "hide under the desk so Mama can't see" - I'm sure that was said in a LOUD voice, too!
On the other hand, wow, their language sounds really amazing - pretty cool for children with hearing loss, huh? Are they clear to strangers? Do they seem to be able to hear people who speak to them in the stores with their aids in? Does it seem like they have to "learn" how to "use" them or is that something that is natural once you wear them for a while? It's interesting to me.
You know, I've never asked, do they look alike or do they look completely different, like one favors you while the other favors your husband? We have a family where the older one looks JUST like his father, while the baby looks JUST like Mom. We have another family who use our backup program with (wait for it) FOUR children, all BOYS (kill me now): ages 5, 3 and 8 month old TWINS. Again, kill me now. Twin 1 looks like the 3 year old and Twin 2 looks like the 5 year old. Totally fraternal. Of course, the parents named all 4 with names that start with the same letter, so I just call them all the same name, it's impossible! And they both work fulltime, I don't know how they do it! (well, with an au pair, poor kid, I'm sure he doesn't know WHAT hit him!)