Tuesday, 21 October 2008

The Grouch

Today I got so fed-up of telling the boys a hundredth time to pick up their toys that I started scolding and threatening.

This is nothing new to the boys. They know when Mommy has had it up to her eyeballs, they better do as they are told.


Today, I was actually scolding Max who has dumped his basketful of cars all over the main walk way, a bunch of kids' DIY of rubber nuts, and plastic parts all over the TV area and he was ignoring me, pulling a tractor and truck along with a piece of string.

Micah had taken the cue quite quickly and had picked up his Lego blocks from the floor.

I was still scolding and started putting some of Max's toy cars into a plastic bag:
"Max, you don't want to take care of your toys, I'm giving these to children who don't have toys to play with."

"NO. I want. I want." He called back, but not seriously picking up his toys.

Micah observed us from the sofa, then said,
"Mommy. You are grouchy. Like the green monster in Elmo's World."

I was actually amused that he made that link. I made the conscious effort not to smile.

But I just explained sternly bout why Mommy's is now the Grouch....

After that was dinner time...and the grouch had left the room.
Mommy was feeding them chicken rice.


U.Lee said...

Hi Mommy, I had that problem long ago and I used a lot of psychological tricks to improve their behavior.
One day I stepped on a toy and went flying...cut my hand on a table too.
I then picked up all the toys, everyone noticing the blood on my cut hand, that was lying around, put it in a bag and put it in my car, 2 bags!

My kids crying seeing what I was doing. I told them, I was giving it to some poor children who will know better than leave things lying around, inspite of the mother telling them few times.

They never saw their toys again, I gave them all away, the house was completely empty of any toys.....but the next month, yes...one month later, I did buy them toys again,...but, you have never seen kids that well behaved too, not one toy lying around anywhere, even making their own beds, at age 6 and 10! As I had threatened to give away their pillows and blankets too.

And Mommy, I told them I don't take prisoners, no second chance. We had no maid.
I guess our house was the cleanest as well the kids make their own beds and everything spick and span, even washing their own cups after drinking, ha ha. Used a stool to stand next to kitchen sink, ha ha.
And the mother never had to tell them anything twice too, ha ha.

I guess it was psychological seeing all their toys being given away.
Oh ya, another time they not interested in doing their homework....I told them to get old newspapers. They asked me why?

I told them as they not interested in studying and doing their homework, I better burn their books, bags and they no need to go to school anymore...
My kids did their homework everyday without being asked.
My friends scolded me saying I was being cruel...but my believe is not to let my kids bully us.
Of course we love our children....

Incidentally, none of my kids smoke. Not even today.
One day, the youngest one, at 5 years old picked one of my cigarettes I had snuffed out in an ashtray, but still had some light.
I saw him take the butt out to the garden and tried to imitate me smoking.

Oh boy! He inhaled and next minute he started coughing, throwing up, practically rolling on the grass, his shirt, shorts all covered with what he had thrown up, but I stopped my wife from running to him.

He after some minutes, crying, coughing, throwing up, washed himself with the garden hose and sneaked into his room to change. 5 year old!
Today that 5 year old has two degrees, an Aerospace Engineering as well Robotics and working for a large well known plane company.
Other one too, doing very well.
Bet they have stories to tell re their father behaving like a army sargeant, ha ha. But it worked, ha ha.
Have a nice day, Lee.

little prince's mummy said...

Oh~ mummy suddenly become like green monster in Elmo's world.. hmmm

mumsgather said...

The best way for me to get the kids to pick up their toys is to tell them that tea/supper etc is ready. They can come and have their tea/supper as soon as they finish keeping their toys and then they'd rush to keep their toys. Hahaha.

Moomykin said...


I wish I could do that... but if I were to take all the toys away, the grandparents would immediately go buy them some more... sigh...

So I do threaten them, take away the toys and hide them for a week or two, then let them have it back.

You must be very proud of your kids. :)

Moomykin said...

little prince's mummy,

Well, this is of course not my first time scolding them with a very fierce tone, but this was the first time my 4 year old told me I was the Grouch.

That was amusing to me. hahaha...

Moomykin said...


I wish that would work for me, but my kids are not too crazy about eating, so cannot bribe them. Have to scare them.


Ann said...

I read your post, then I read Uncle Lee's comment...

And I wonder....

Two brothers characters are so different. Wonder how number 3 will be...

What do you think, Ms. once-in-a-while Grouch? :)...got to put that tease in you know!

Moomykin said...


Yes, every child is very different.

Micah is very cheeky and mischievous, but easier to negotiate with. Also, he is afraid of Mommy being angry.

Max is sweet most of the time, but he is actually more strong-willed and persistent.

3rd one?
I don't know... We shall all wait and see. :)