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Jennifer E. Thomas
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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Feeding and watering the dog

This is the chore of ALL the children. If they walk by the dish in the morning or night and it's empty, they are to fill it. No arguing over whose turn it is, etc.

Apparently, all day yesterday, nobody fed the dog. It wasn't THEIR TURN, they say.

(Here you should imagine my face turning purple as I hold back screams of anger)

No child is having an after school snack today, to remind them of what it's like to want something to eat and not be ABLE to eat because nobody fed you.

I would love to extend this to supper as well, but that wouldn't be right. But I can want, right?

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Borderline symptom of the day: angryMAD!

Oh, I don't know. Being the hard-hearted bitch that I am, I'd make them go without supper too, just to let them really know how the dog felt yesterday without food all day. Maybe before bed, they can each have one small PB&J sandwich or equivalent thereof, but they need to learn this lesson, you know?

Oh and my mom, who is sitting right here, concurs with me that it is not "your turn" to make snacks or dinner, nor are they allowed to get their own because the dog was not allowed to get his/her own either.

I love my mom. :D

She reminds me of somebody I know.. ;)

My daughter is terrible for this. It is her job, there is no one else to blame. I'm forever yelling at her to come do it, because she somehow cannot notice that there is no food or water in his dish. Not feeding her totally wouldn't work, because (a) she has virtually no hunger signals, (b) by the time she does get hungry, she's *miserable* because her blood sugar is in the tank and none of us want to deal with that.

I'd love to come up with a decent consequence that might actually work, because like you, it *infuriates* me.

Buddy is lucky though. Holden gives him so many table scraps (much to my annoyance) he'll never go hungry. Oh, and table scraps here aren't too bad, actually. Being almost entirely vegetarian (+dairy and gluten free), the food the dog gets is pretty okay for him.

hehehe My mom had a way to deal with that too. She'd make us go pick our own switch with which to be whipped. Sounds draconian but trust me, it is a VERY effective disciplinary method for most kids. ;)

Alas, simply using a switch is likely to get Child Protective Services called on you. Anything that leaves a mark is apt to get you charged with child abuse.

I have to deal with this with my kiddo and dog. I feed the dog in the morning, she's to feed him in the evening. Nearly every night is me going "DID YOU FEED THE DOG?" and her going "OH I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS SUPPOSED TO." *head desk* It's a daily thing, how do you not know you're supposed to do it when you're to do it EVERY DAMN DAY?????

Yeah, that's the shit that PISSES me off.

The only thing that pisses me off more than "I DIDN'T KNOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!" is "I forgot!!!"

Forget this - your Nintendo DS is mine for the next 2 weeks. With an extra 2 days thrown on for every ONE day the dog doesn't get fed by you, kidlet!

I'd have at least let them *think* that they weren't going to get dinner either.

If you can't trust any of them to feed and water the dog perhaps you can't trust them to be responsible with one of their toys or allow them a certain freedom that you normally would? "Sorry but you are not responsible enough for x" might go farther than witholding a single meal.

ooohh, ding ding ding! I think we have a winner!

I'm with you Jenny, you can't really just not feed the kids. But wouldn't it be an eye-opening experience for them if,for one day, you could just eliminate food and water(I'm not advocating this--they'd take the kids away so fast you're head would spin!)

But certainly, if they can't remember to feed/water the dog, then EVERYBODY can lose their electronics privileges, or books, or music or whatever floats their boat.

*snerk* I once took my older son's room away from him. Made him sleep on the top bunk in his younger, very mentally handicapped brother's room. For a month. He was not a happy camper, but he got the point.

Except they're all pretty much grounded for life already. ARGH!

Daniel and I said at the beginning that we'd never withhold food from G. as punishment for a non food-related infraction. IMHO if the infraction is food related (and this is definitely food-related) you would be justified. Maybe not the -whole- meal, but half portions? Or just the main dish and veg, no bread or extras?

I think what they did is pretty darned serious, and needs a bit more punishment than no snack. Maybe no snack for the rest of the week, at the least.

I say starve them....AND beat them with rolled up newspaper...and make them drink from the dog's water dish....on the floor....but then again...I'm meanie *wicked grin* smoochies jenn-jenn!

HEE! Good to see you, girl!

I like how you think!

(I am notoriously hard-hearted and would have been the meanest mom ever if I'd have succeeded in having kids. :D )

Marg, Lisa is the softest of all softies. Has a TOTAL mush spot for kids. Used to borrow Amy to bring her to the zoo back when she was little, just so she could hang around with a little kid and play cool auntie.

Don't let her big words fool ya! :)


I retort that comment....not sure how...but retort I shall! *acting indignant*

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Softie softie SOFTIE!!!

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And with that....I blow raspberries at you....


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A nice SOFT fruit, yes.

Keep proving my point, toots! :D