Did you know that a dragonfly can fly up to 30 miles per hour?
Did you know that a mosquito can fly 1.5 miles per hour?
These were things my dear daughter informed me of tonight. Her dad looked it up for her on the internet when she asked him these questions. I must say that I'm delighted with her inquisitive nature.
Did you know that my dear son would rather stand in the corner for 45 minutes than stop talking?
Did you know that my children really need hearing aids? Or syringed ears because of wax impaction?
Uh, huh. I've discovered these things this week. Today especially. The corner and my children became friends. Because of their hearing deficit. It has been a total wake-up call to see how little my kids really do listen and how often I find myself repeating things. Really, I am thankful that Rebecca enlightened me. Now I am paying total attention and my children have begun boot camp. The corner seems to be the most effective tool right now (besides ear twisting). My dear son severely dislikes it but will not do what he is supposed to do to get out. All he has to do is stay quiet for at least 30 seconds. Not much, I say. My daughter has to be quiet longer since she's older. He spends his time saying:
"Mom, I've got tears!"
"Mom, I'm coughing!"
"Mom, I am stopping talking!"
"Mom, I need you!"
Over and over and over. Seriously. I had to let him out just before church (because missing church really isn't an option for me) or he'd still be in the corner, I'm sure. The longest he kept quiet was 15 seconds, maximum, and I was counting. Hoping. Praying. But I couldn't let him out sooner because he really needs to learn. And my resolve has returned.
He went to bed without his bedtime story. We had a little chat about tomorrow.
Did you know that you require a Master's degree in child psychology to parent? I didn't. Obviously.