If you’re a parent or have children in the house, I’m sure you’ve resorted to giving warnings to enforce discipline. I too have. However, things are a wee bit different in my part of the universe.

What a normal warning scenario looks like:

Parent: Put that perfume bottle down, it’s not a toy.

Child: But I like it, I want it.

Parent: Put that bottle down now. I’ll count till 3 if you don’t listen to me, you’ll see what I can do. One.

Child: Keeps fidgeting with the bottle.

Parent: (Waits a few seconds) Two.

Child: I want to play dress up and use it like you do on my dolls.

Parent: (Bites his/her tongue to resist an angry outpour, waits a few more seconds) Three. The parent gets up and takes the bottle and puts it away.

In my household: 

Me: Put that perfume bottle down, it’s not a toy.

Pari: Mumma I know how to use it, I saw you using it just yesterday.

Me: (In a requesting tone) Pari that’s a glass bottle, it’ll break very easily. Please give it to me.

Pari: (Enboldened by being in the position of power, knowing well it’s her mum’s favourite perfume) No. You let me use it, then you can have it.

Me: Kids are not supposed to apply perfumes. When you’ll grow up, I’ll let you use it.

Pari: (Looks straight into my eyes) But by then all the fragrance will go away.

Me: (Getting agitated by this dialogue going nowhere) Let’s talk about it after we put this bottle away. I’ll count to three and by then you be a good girl and put the bottle down. One.

Pari: (Looks at me, then at the bottle and gets busy in trying to open the lid).

Me: (Gets panicked. My mind is calculating the conversion rate if I had to buy this perfume all over again and my mouth is getting dry) Half standing from the chair; two.

Pari: (Uses all her might, opens the lid and sprays in the room with all the energy)

Me: S T O P ( I try to take the bottle from her giving her an angry look).

Pari: (Resists initially, then smilingly let’s go off the bottle) Take it, I anyway gave it you before three.

Me: What? (I can see  feel the fumes rise from my nostrils and ears and my face go red)

Pari: Happily goes and sits in the chair watching me fume.

Pari: (After 2 minutes) Mumma are you still angry with me? Please don’t be angry with me (makes a puppy face).

Me: (I can feel my anger dissipate and myself softening up).

Pari: If you won’t befriend me till I count three then I will again take that bottle from you.

And we both break into laughter.

At times Pari makes me wonder if she’s the parent or I am.

* This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is Parenting.

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41 thoughts on “Warning

  1. A very sharp little girl. πŸ™‚ Kids love to push boundaries. That’s why we’re here to push back and not let them get into trouble. Each conversation is a good lesson. I totally get the ‘who’s the parent here’ dilemma. Felt that way a few times myself.

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    1. I agree, kids push boundaries all the time and failing never stops them from trying again. A lesson we adults so often fail to learn from them.
      Thank you πŸ™‚


    1. Well said Maggie πŸ™‚
      Oh well, you gave my current situation a new perspective. It’s time I looked at my life with fresh eyes.
      Thank you dear ❀


  2. Geez! This clearly shows how hard is it to be a parent. But your Pari is adorable. I can surely sense she is because you are an awesome Mom. πŸ™‚ Your love for each other radiates in your posts, dear Era. πŸ˜€

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    1. You are too kind Rosema. I think it is the other way round, my kid has a way of making me look calm and composed by being the naughtiest kid on the block πŸ™‚


  3. fabulus1710

    Such a cute post! ❀
    If I were in the normal warning situation as a child, I'd probably hand over the bottle before my mom said 'one'. I'm just a stickler for rules and being obedient!
    But if I were in the mom's position, I would have probably swooped in and pulled the perfume bottle out of my child's hands, and promptly smacked him/her on the face. Just can't control that nasty little temper πŸ˜€
    But the puppy face πŸ˜‰ Just so so cute! I wouldn't blame you for melting away after looking at it.
    If you haven't watched this scene (I think you might have watched it) in which Puss in Boots makes that cute little kitty face in Shrek (part 2 I guess), do watch it. It's such a cute scene! πŸ˜€

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    1. Hahahaha I would have written exactly the same thing when I was your age. So maybe in the years gone by, I’ve mellowed down to become my current self.
      Yes, I think I have seen that scene and as for puppy faces, I see them too often at my home these days πŸ˜€


  4. Aww your kid sounds like a sweetheart. Honestly being a mom of a hyperactive 3.5 year old son myself I can relate to scenario 1 and 2 . Though 2 is what I try to go for , sometimes 1 happens.. and but yup.. the countdown works most of the time.. angry warnings absolutely don’t with my little one.

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    1. Anger doesn’t work with my kid too. So more often than not it is the case #2 that replays in one form or the other in my household πŸ™‚
      Thank you CM ❀


  5. elixired

    Hahahaha OMG i would always always want a daughter like that. She is just adorable. I now want to see her picture, she is already absolutely adorable in my imagination. God bless her πŸ™‚

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