I am sure if you are a mom you will be able to relate to at least one of these…and if you are lucky enough then you will relate to them all!! Ever since my girls were younger they would have these basic moves that I had to learn how to maneuver around. Thankfully…with each kid these moves have become easier to deal with and I can now even predict them!!
So what moves am I talking about? The ones that our precious little kids think will get them what they want…
The basic moves that let you know they are not happy, or about to go crazy. So I have compiled a list of the 5 main moves that I have learned to combat in the last 7 years
5 Moves Your Child Will Do That Will Try Your Sanity:
1. The Plop: This move is usually used when the child doesn’t not want to go to bed, brush their teeth, get dressed, clean their room…you name it. This is when the child all the sudden goes limp and plops to the ground like a sack of potatoes and assumes that this will allow them to get their way. This move is used a lot in my house and I am very good at combating it! Lets just say it is a very good workout to drag a 4 year old or even sometimes my 7 year old to where they need to be, so they can do what I told them to do. This is especially awesome when I have to drag their dead weight butts up the staircase…
2. The Arch: This move is one of my favorites and one that Pippa used so many times when she was about 15 months and on. This is when the child decides that they don’t want to get in their car seat and instead creates this enormous arch in their back so you can’t get them buckled. There were many times where I would have my whole arm and forearm holding down her pelvis while buckling her wild behind in the car seat while she bit me, hit me, pulled my hair and spit on me!! Isn’t motherhood fun ladies?!?
3. The Whiplash: This move is more for the younger crowd. Babies anywhere from 5 months-12 months. This is a tricky one because it can be done in two ways! The back whiplash is awesome when the baby is facing away from you and all the sudden decides to throw their sweet little head back and nail your chest or chest bone. This results in both mommy and baby crying cause it hurts like hell. The forward whiplash is even better. This is when the baby is facing you and decides it would be awesome to fling their little heads forward resulting in a black eye or broken nose for mommy! The only real way to avoid this is to wear a helmet at all times moms!!
4. The Convulsion: Ah, this one is a favorite of my sweet little 4 year old Pippa. This is a warning move that is letting you know your child is about to throw a major fit and there is nothing you can do to stop it. The child will start having a full body shake that starts in the legs and moves all the way up to their arms and sometimes even their heads, this then usually ends with “the plop”! This is the “I don’t like what you are saying so I am going to convulse in hopes that gets me what I want” move. Now, moms can combat this move in 2 different ways. I have done both and I can tell you the second one is more effective for my girls. The first is to ignore and keep going about your day like you don’t hear or see a thing. This works sometimes, especially in Target when they are freaking out over wanting a toy. The second way is so much more fun and super easy…You just mimic them! Now this can be entertaining for the other children present as well. I just start doing and saying and crying the exact same things that Pippa is doing or saying. This gets her to stop pretty quickly cause she doesn’t want to be embarrassed or have her older sister laughing.
5. The Stomp: This move is generally used by older kids who realize plopping on the floor might hurt. So instead stomping really loud and hard on the floor will definitely have mommy changing her mind. (insert eye roll) Finley will cross her arms, make a humph sound and then stomp to the appropriate area…Why she assumes this will help, I have no idea. I usually just laugh and go on my merry way.
So there are the top 5 moves used in this house. I am constantly trying to stay ahead of their game.
Do you have any to add? How do you handle these situations? Sound off in the comments below!