And If You Think It’s All Sunshine and Butterflies…

Copyright © 2015 Stephen Hawley, all rights reserved.

How to tell you have a tween in the house:

Alice turns on all the lights in the kitchen and dining room.
Me: Alice, would you please turn out the lights in the kitchen? There’s nobody in there and it saves money.
Alice: No.
Me: Alice, there’s nobody in the kitchen. Please turn out the lights, it saves money.
Alice: No.
Me: Alice, since there’s nobody in the kitchen, don’t you think it would be a good idea to turn the lights out?
Alice: Fine.

Alice: Butthead.

Timeoutularity ensues.

Later, Alice tries to get me to do an in-app purchase on her iPad.
Alice: Daddy, sign here.
Me: What is it?
Alice: Daddy, sign here.
Me: Nice try, Alice.

Alice fires up the music app, which can’t be locked out, right in front of me.
Me: Alice, please give me your iPad. You have an iPad time out.
Alice: NO!
Me: Alice, were you using the music app?
Alice: No.

Alice: Yes.
Me: Ok, that’s an iPad time out. If you behave nicely, then you’ll get it back sooner. If you behave not nicely, then it will take longer.

Alice: Fine. I tell mommy about that. Mommy said, “never, ever do that again!”

E comes down stairs in perfect timing.

Me: E – did you say that Alice should never, ever get an iPad time out?

E: No.

Drama ensues, followed by timeoutularity.

Alice is now up in her room yelling at me that she’s going to call the police and, “you’re in trouble mister“.

On another note, I’ve also trained her to respond to “Alice, drama?” with “Is this a dagger I see before me?

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