As a parent I really try to avoid making empty threats. They don’t teach Little Bear anything and can really destroy any authority you may have as a parent…although, let’s face it, when toddlers are involved they generally seem to hold all the authority.
But, sometimes, an empty threat just tumbles out! I generally stick to my word if I’m limiting treats, making him tidy up, etc, but when I say we won’t be doing something, I generally don’t mean it! Why would I keep him confined at home on an uncooperative and grumpy mood when going out makes life 10 times easier?!
This morning there was a lot of dithering over getting dressed, I could cope with this. But then he wanted to play a game instead of putting his shoes on, and then play with cars. I threatened with missing Rhyme Time at the library, something he really enjoys. But he genuinely didn’t care…and it was an empty threat! Double fail!
Five minutes later and I was despairing, were we really not going to Rhyme Time?? Then, thankfully, he realised the error of his ways and got ready like a perfect angel and we made it just in time…phew!
No more empty threats from me!