Posted by Joke at 7:47 AM
BabelBabe posted at 9:50 AM, January 08, 2008
my children behave at the table or they are sent from the table and then made to eat by themselves (with a parent monitoring) after every other civilized person is finished. maybe not nice, but effective. at least as effective as the cattle prod (and I somewhat relieved to hear you won't hold that against me).
Joke posted at 9:55 AM, January 08, 2008
Was that a pun about the cattle prod?
Effective trumps nice ALWAYS.
Poppy Buxom posted at 11:37 AM, January 08, 2008
You seem to have forgotten Poppette announcing loudly "TOO MUCH TALKING!" and then disappearing under the table for the rest of the meal.
But I haven't.
Joke posted at 12:49 PM, January 08, 2008
That was before you discovered your parenting excellentness, and thus you have been absolved of everything.
In fact, the last time we had lunch with TSMYM and the offspring, they behaved exceptionally well -- although given how voluble she was, it was a rich irony Poppette had once said there was too much talking -- and as a reward, TSMYM rewarded them with a dessert which was nothing short of a cinder block of chocolate.
P.S. That was SIX years ago.
Poppy Buxom posted at 2:13 PM, January 08, 2008
Yes, but the scars still linger.
As for the purported good behavior that resulted in the chocolate anvil for dessert--remember, I wasn't there that day.
Isn't that always the way?
Joke posted at 2:28 PM, January 08, 2008
Are you suggesting you're the paragon of motherhood in absentia?
Joke posted at 2:30 PM, January 08, 2008
P.S. NOS has always considered that episode conclusive proof that Poppette is the brightest comic genius of her generation.
blackbird posted at 2:38 PM, January 08, 2008
If I may take a moment to interrupt...is it possible that D (whom I have no desire to defend AT ALL) was not comfortable 'disciplining' her children at your home?
Your post illustrates yet another reason we did not have our children two years apart.
Frogdancer posted at 3:07 PM, January 08, 2008
Hey Blackbird, I had four boys in five years! (I'm very goal oriented.... I was trying to make a girl. I gave up in disgust after the fourth male child and had myself speyed...) We now have a rule where we only have female pets.
When the boys were little, people we didn't know well were reluctant to invite us over,sure that we were going to be the travelling Frogdancer whirlwind of destruction. It was always really nice to have all the compliments at the end of each first visit. The boys are being raised under the firm philosophy of "I want them to enjoy their childhood, but I want everyone else around them to enjoy it too."
Joke posted at 4:48 PM, January 08, 2008
bb - It's possible...but I doubt that was it.
FD - There should be billboards emblazoned with your countenance, to show people "SEE? It can be done."
Stomper Girl posted at 8:10 PM, January 08, 2008
So if my kids behaved nicely at the table but were unenthusiastic about the food due to their being fusspots would that be okay?
Joke posted at 1:16 AM, January 09, 2008
bluemountainsmary posted at 1:45 AM, January 09, 2008
We are still at the stage of constant - eat with your mouth closed, don't leave the table unless all have finished AND you have requested permission - etc etc.
Joke posted at 1:59 AM, January 09, 2008
I believe BabelBabe may have a cattle prod she's not using at the moment and with which she may readily part for a very reasonable sum.
h&b posted at 3:35 AM, January 10, 2008
"wildly uncharitable and judgmental opinions"
Hello, are we talking about me ?
Not saying I am proud, mind you, but it is me.
We are VERY big on table manners, and on behaviour here. I do not like wildcats, and I find it very hard to turn my lips into an upwards smile when confronted by such ( I manage a flatlining grimace at best ).
We eat politely, we finish our mouthful before speaking, don't make a mess or play with our food and engage in lighthearted and interesting conversation.
And no, I am not a shrew, the boy is just like me, and I think we were both born adults.
You so KNOW i'm in for it with the second, don't you ? I do worry.
I don't like the type of children that aren't like me & the boy ....