Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello, Mr. Police Officer?

In case you didn't know this about me, I sometimes practice questionable parenting techniques.  You know, I am a firm believer of whatever works.  Of course, I'm sure that this will come back to bite me in the butt at some point, but for that small moment of time when my children actually do what I say, it is divine.

Take today, for instance.

The boys and I were in the car on the way home from violin lessons.  It was dark and snowing...again. My children have a very keen sense of when they can get away with very bad behavior because they know there is really not a lot I can do.  (Prime example is when I am on the phone...but that is a whole other post.)  Another of those examples is when we are in the car.  It's so not fair.  There are two of them in the backseat.  There is one of me in the front seat...and I am driving a moving vehicle...in the dark and snow.  My only recourse is to yell...until tonight!

Tonight, they were pulling their usual antics, which during regular driving is not TOO horrible, but in stressful driving it goes to a whole new level.  So, instead of yelling, I calmly pulled over to the side of the road and pulled out my phone.

Me:  Hello, Mr. Police Officer?

Noah:  NOOO, Mommy!!  I don't want to go to jail!

Me:  My children are being very bad in the back seat and keeping me from driving safely.  What do you suggest I do?

Backseat:  dead silence

Me:  Okay.  Thank you, Officer.  I will let them know.  Goodbye.

Ryan:  He can't take us to jail.  We're only kids.

Me:  The police officer told me that if I have to call him again because you are distracting me from driving safely, he is going to come and take you to jail...kid jail.

Don't judge me.

21 comments :

  1. Hey, whatever works! My daughter was pitching a fit one day outside as I was getting her into the car. We heard fire sirens nearby. I said "Do you hear the police cars? You know they take bad people away, right?" Silence. "Are you going to stop being bad?" "Yes." I still pull that out now and then.

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  2. There is no judgement....just applause for SHEAR brilliance!!! I would have just yelled.....

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  3. Who would judge you for that?

    Safety first!

    Gets them to shut-it and they get to keep their dinner for the night its a win-win.

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  4. That is awesome. Reminds me of the time you told me they would take me to jail if I didn't eat my vegetables. Did it work? Oh yeah. Especially when the police officer showed up at the front door.

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  5. genius! I love it. did it work?

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  6. We call Santa. Of course, it only works for a few months out of the year. But, it works well.

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  7. That cracked me up. Way to be creative.

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  8. That. Is. Awesome! (hope you don't mind if I borrow it!)

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  9. i have told my kids that the cops are going to come and take them away ....horrible i know but i swear to lord sometimes i am pulling anythign out of my a)(&&^. however, they reported to grandpa that cops are bad (b/c they think they will take them away) - my dad is a cop. he was pretty pissed

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  10. Ha ha..that is awesome! I am totally using that the next time my kids act up in the back seat! :)

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  11. I am not a parent yet, but that was pure GENIOUS!!!! I am saving this one in the mental bank

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  12. Sweet mother of God...I LOVE IT! I just added that one to my toolbox!!

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  13. This is fabulous! I cannot wait until it works on my 17 month old. Something tells me he will never fear the police though. Kid is a nut

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  14. Quick thinking mommy! I LOVE IT!

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  15. That is CLASSIC!! As good as calling Santa Claus

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  16. Oh, I am SO going to use this sometime! Great idea.

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