My daughter is almost four and is ALL girl. Don’t get me wrong, she is as tough as they come (her shins are a constant shade of brownish-greenish-blue) and she can wield a sword and be a pirate as well as any boy. But she is always a princess pirate and rarely and I mean RARELY wears pants. Skirts and dresses are beautiful. Pants are not. This is her logic.

So recently when she did something she knows not to do I punished her by making her take off her skirt and wear pants for the rest of the day. Oh the drama! After the tears subsided she said, “I have a good idea.”
“What Jennika?”
“I can wear a skirt over my pants.”
That was vetoed and there were more tears. But amazingly she managed to live through the day. 🙂

Today we were talking about her recent transgression and punishment . I asked her what would happened if she did it again.
“I’ll have to wear pants all day.”
“Yes, that’s right”
“Skirts are beautiful. Pants are not.”

I, wearing my usual outfit of jeans and a tee-shirt, walked in front of her and said, “I’m wearing pants. Does that mean you think I’m not beautiful?”

Jennika looked at my jeans and at me, then broke the news to me,  “Yes.”
And after a pause, “But your hair is beautiful.” 🙂


2 thoughts on “Effective Punishment

  1. This is Karen commenting.

    I loved this !!
    Love your writing, Nikki I can just envision these encounters.
    But…the Christmas photos taken by Lacey Meyer prove Jennika wrong Your exotic beauty disproves Jennika’s opinion.

    Have you seen the family pix? Wow! This proud grandma shamelessly shows off the pix!

    Love you!! Karen

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