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School is out but my job monitoring young children continues.
Daughter and SIL went on a week vacation to Kauai a couple weeks go and left the grandkids with us. Two on two is doable, but when Claudette goes to work, it’s just me with a 2nd grader and her younger brother the Kindergartner for 5-6 hours. Coincidentally, that’s about the same time span as a daily substitute teacher assignment.
Whether it’s two or twenty, it can be exhausting when “they” are in a different environment/routine and every response starts with: “Yea, but…”
Request: ”Let’s (insert whatever you want them to do next).”
Response: “Yea but, Mommy/Our teacher doesn’t do it that way.”
Response: “Yea but, I’m not tired.”
Response: “Yea but, I can’t find it.”
Response: “Yea but, I can’t do it.”
…and the ever popular
Response: “Yea but, I don’t want to.”
So, I made a new rule during their stay: "No YEABUT’s allowed!”
Every time they started a response with a “Yea, but”, I’d interrupt to remind them of the rule. After constant reminders, it was interesting to watch them try and think of another way to rephrase their response.
I’m thinking of putting it on a T-Shirt for the next school year…
What do you think!
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Meanwhile visit www.ooshirts.com and start designing your own custom shirt.
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