Finally Making “Cents” out of Parenting:

[su_quote]Stop it![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Where are your manners?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]I am losing my patience![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it![/su_quote]


[su_quote]Stop licking your brother![/su_quote]

[su_quote]We don’t bite people at school.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]You are giving me grey hair.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Please….just please listen…for once child.[/su_quote]


[su_quote]Is it Monday yet?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Why would you lick that?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]STOP IT!!!.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Did you say please?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Does anyone actually hear me?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Is this thing on?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Is this your first day with our family…welcome.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]You would think after nine years of living here, you would get used to the chore schedule.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Calgon, take me away.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Someone please tell me where the nearest mental hospital is.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Hello?  Anyone?  Hello?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]STOP IT![/su_quote]

[su_quote]It’s amazing how in one day I can love you more than anything in this world and also want to strangle you.  Love you![/su_quote]

[su_quote]I give up![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Get in the car.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Get out of the car.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]There is something called a clock and it ticks…it does not stop for you. [/su_quote]

[su_quote]Let’s gooooo![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it![/su_quote]

[su_quote]We’re going to be late…hurry up.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Stop it![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Can you put on your shoes?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Put your shoes on![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Why is there only one shoe?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]I quit![/su_quote]

[su_quote]Oh, for g-d’s sakes.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]When you don’t listen you get hurt, every single time.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]Let me guess, you got hurt.[/su_quote]

[su_quote]What did I say?[/su_quote]

[su_quote]STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/su_quote]

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Does this sound like your household?  You are not alone!

Aside from all of the rewards parenting offers, let’s be realistic here for a minute.  Parenting is frustrating, can make you feel defeated, unappreciated and disrespected, is exhausting, thankless, at times hopeless and most of all, constant.

Tonight I reached my breaking point.  Does anyone even hear me in my house?  Am I just here to cook for, clean for, bathe, buy for and chauffeur my children around town? It sure feels like that sometimes.

It’s not that I want or expect my kids to be perfect.  First because perfect doesn’t exist and second, I am well aware kids will be kids.  However, at some point as a parent, you have to shut it all down and freak out in order for your kids to hear you.  Sort of like I did tonight.

My solution.  If you notice from the above statements that constantly flow out of my mouth, the winner is “Stop it“.  I am forced to say it, scream it, sing it, whisper it…ALL THE TIME!  I think tonight within one minute, I said it six times.  Do you want to know how I know?  Welcome to my new system I invented, just an hour ago.  I am pretty impressed I must say.  Here’s how it works and why it makes perfect “cents”.

Every time I have to utter the words, “Stop it“, to any of my three kids, they each have to cough up 10 cents.  Even if only one brother commits the crime, they all have to “pay”.  I am constantly telling them that they are all role models for each other, especially for my three year old.  Just because someone is not guilty, doesn’t mean their previous actions didn’t lead to this point in time.  My kids  have to be accountable for their behavior and the consequences that come with it.

Let’s just say my kid’s ears perked up when they realized their hard earned cash would quickly be in my hands.  I am a fan of positive reinforcement too, so if my boys do a chore without me asking, demonstrate good manners or are good role models, I will recognize that and take 10 cents off for each.

I started this new Hirsch Family Tradition at 7:45PM tonight and already have three dollars in my pocket.  Did I mention it’s now 8:34PM as I am writing this?  That’s a lot of “stop its“.  At the end of the week, I am going to show the boys all of the money I have collected to demonstrate how many times Mommy has had to tell them to stop doing something they weren’t supposed to be doing.  It will be something they can actually see instead of just communicating to them verbally that, “Mommy has said “stop it” 4,325 times.”  I plan on donating the money I collect each week so we can turn something negative into something positive.

Makes perfect “cents” right?  I believe so too.  I think I will call my collection the “Common “Cents” Jar“.

When it comes to parenting, we have to be creative and try new tactics.  It’s also important to keep our kids on their toes with different ways of teaching them to be respectful, gracious and selfless.  Otherwise, they know what’s coming and how to outsmart us.

Well it ends today I tell you.  One way or another, I am going to make “cents” out of this parenting gig, try my best to have a “cents” of humor about it all and teach my kids some common “cents” in the process.


Thanks for stopping by and reading!