This is a recap of how it all came to be:
My daughter loves hiding! Loves it so much that when we announce that she should come out of hiding or there will be consequences (meaningful ones) she ignores it and stays in hiding and does so very quietly.
Her brother even helps her remain hidden, trying to throw us off the trail by announcing that he “swears” he has “no idea where she is.”
This morning instead of eating her breakfast, or helping me make their lunches and emptying the dishwasher, she hid. This time it only took me 5-minutes to track her down through her giggles, but instead of finding her and playing her game, I announced that she had until the count of 5 to come out of her hiding spot otherwise, there would be meaningful consequences, that her and her enabling brother would have to make the rest of her lunch or she would go to school without one.
Meaningful consequence, right?
But she stayed hidden behind the door in our bathroom.
I thought for about 10 seconds about leaning on the door and squishing her until she gave up her hiding spot, but I was annoyed and frustrated, so I reached around the door and yanked her out. Not being one of the boys she obviously did not appreciate this sudden end to her game and after protesting, she smacked me on the bum and said: “You’re a stupid idiot!”
I ignored her and was on my way back to the kitchen when she repeated it, a little less sure of herself, and with her mother looking her right in the eyes; “You’re a stupid idiot.”
Clearly my boys are teaching her all the good words, eh?
I walked into the kitchen and both boys looked at me open-eyed and silently.
I said to them as calm as I could; We don’t call people names because it is mean and we could hurt their feelings.”
They did not answer. They knew that for the first time in her little life, she crossed the line.
What took her so long? Is this what I can look forward to with girls?