Where do our "mommy pants" go when they are completely missing, like socks from the dryer?....

I'm not sure, but they were missing for a couple of days. Flat our missing. I looked everywhere. In the wash, in the closet, under the bed. Nowhere to be found.

However, my 3 year old did find his "no" mouth again. HHHHMMMM, just about the time that I lost my "mommy pants". I wonder which came first?

We spent two days going at it like a couple on the brink of divorce! Time-outs did nothing but make him cry and frustrate me because his "no" mouth just returned a few hours later. I even pulled the "okay that's it, you cannot go to the Valentine's Day party today!" More crying!

Then something interesting, a few "yes" mouths came my way. I praised him and told him thank you and how much nicer that sounded. After the third one, I got "so, can I go to the party now?"?????!!!!!!! Are you kidding me?! Did I just hear you correctly?! Did my 3 year old just give his best attempt at manipulating me?! He's 3, so of course he did, and of course my answer was "NO".

By the second day, I was at my wits end! I was starting to take it personally. Everyone parent knows that's ridiculous and against all parental rules to take their smart mouth personally. I was also starting to wonder how bad of a mom could I be that he's STILL telling me "no" after yesterday? So, what did I do?....

If you've been following my weblog you'll know. I called in the troops. My biggest guns. I sent a text to my cousin. I e-mailed my friend that has earned the title "my personal parenting consultant", then I e-mailed another friend, while not having children, can SMELL how to whip them into shape!

Soap in the mouth, or be even more creative were the answers that I got back. I chose the flavor of the day to be TABASCO. Worked in one day! Just like they said it would.

Once again, thanks to the troops and their support! I did find my "mommy pants" and put starch in them, however I was simply to tired to put them on. The only thing that I did was put on my pajamas, put the kids to bed and pass out not long after them. I would worry about it all tomorrow, tonight I just needed sleep!

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