Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Attitude

Wow are we in for it. The sassiness has gotten really bad around the Keenan house. Cady has learned all kinds of new ways to express herself lately and her attitude is growing by the day. Most of the time we can nip it by giving her a warning, sometimes time-outs are warranted, and other times we are dumbfounded and wonder if anything is going to work. A recent example that it blog-worthy.

This happened yesterday while I was cooking dinner. Cady was in the living room and I was in the kitchen.
I asked Cady to pick up the marbles off the floor and she ignored me. So I peek my head into the living room and ask her again to please pick up her marbles. She says, "Hold on, I'm doing something" which is a new one and one that she tries using ALL the time to avoid doing what she needs to do. There is always "something" to do that doesn't involve cleaning up, brushing her teeth, getting ready for bed, you name it.
Then I say, "Cady" in that "I'm warning you mom voice" and she says, "Paula" in the same voice. Gah!! So I walk into the living room and I say, "Excuse me Cady, what did you just say?" in that "you are past your warning mom voice". And she says... "Sweetie, you need to calm down and wait". Yeah, she really went there.

At this point I head back to the kitchen because I was at a complete loss for words and wanted a half a moment to think the situation through. But wait, Cady then follows me into the kitchen and says, "Sweetie, are you calm yet?"

Unflippingbelievable.

Rob and I are trying to stay one step ahead of Cady but we are afraid that our reality is more like being 1/2 step behind. Just when we think we have something figured out, she switches things up, our jaws drop and we have to get back in the huddle.

8 comments:

Great Aunt Sophie said...

Ohhh, it's going to be a looong road!!! My co workers are wondering what is causing my LOL right now. Stay strong, stay united :) (and how do you keep from just cracking up??)

Starin said...

Thank you for making me seriously laugh out load. We need to plan on a night in October when I can have her.

MiMi said...

I know LMAO is not the right response, but I can't help it!! The flip side to getting old and wrinkly is to be able to chuckle at this and say to myself that if anyone can handle it, it's you and Rob and thank goodness not me! I just hope you're calm now, sweetie. And I take it Cady must be feeling better. Hang in there, you only have 15 years to go.

KMK said...

I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation!

Sometimes I think Cady and I have very similar thought processes...

Krumpledwhiskers said...

Katharine,
You've also though of telling me to calm down? (-;

KMK said...

No, not exactly :) I was thinking that even to this day, I do not like to do things I'm told to do. And I always have something else that needs to be done first.

Great Aunt Sophie said...

PS I meant to say again Paula what a wonderful story teller you are! Clearly you have some great material, but you have a real talent for conveying the true Cady spirit.

Unc said...

Now I'm worried about visiting, I'm not sure I could keep from laughing out loud and I doubt Cady needs that kind of reinforcement. Soph and I will work on our poker faces.