We had the perfect morning routine for months and then it all went to crap.
I don’t know how it happened but suddenly instead of the Rule Of One applying, both my girls decided to become lazy in the morning. Neither of them wanting to get up or get dressed. Kyla dressing at a speed only a sloth could rival and Riya choosing an outfit and then crying seconds later because she doesn’t want to wear that anymore.
I was at my wits end.
Then I got a little package in the mail. It was this box of Lego Duplo, the My First Caterpillar one. I opened the wrapping it came in and then stealthily left it on the kitchen counter. Waiting to see if they’d notice. Which of course they did. How they don’t notice the clothes all over their bedroom floor but can see a new box on the counter will forever baffle me.
Anyway. I used it as a reward. Because that’s what all good parents do am I right? Well, that’s debatable. But I still did it because that’s how I roll when I’m about to explode every morning.
After a few mornings of practice they finally got it right and had the joy of opening their new Duplo that afternoon. They were so freaking excited it was like I was giving them chocolate or something. You could not wipe the smiles off their faces. They all huddled around our coffee table and we opened the box. The blocks fell out and they started to build their first caterpillar.
And then they started fighting.
So I took it all away.
Yes, there was much crying and pleading, but I stood my ground. The next day we tried again and it was a huge success. They shared, helped Knox build it and had fun joining it up with their other Duplo products.
Then yesterday I whispered to Riya, something along the lines of, “Hey Ri, do you remember when you used to put all your clothes at the end of the bed the night before and then when you woke up you’d be the first person dressed?”. She replied with a cautious, “Yeah”. So I plodded on, “That was awesome hey? Do you think you could do it again?”.
The next morning at 5.45 I was being woken up with a tapping on my shoulder, she looked at me, smirked, did a twirl and shouted, “I’m the first one done!!” and proceeded to go and play Lego in the lounge until the rest of us surfaced. It was brilliant.
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