Parenting: “Can’t Train an Old Dog to do New Tricks”
This is a 1/2 doggy parenting post, 1/2 human parenting post. I’ll try to keep it quick and with only the facts.
We trained our Chow-Chow (is she not gorgeous??) to not go upstairs in our house. Never. Ever. How great is that? Initially we did it because a few of my family members have severe allergies to dogs — and I expected them to visit at least more than once wanted them to be comfortable at night. I’m so glad I went through all of that work to train her 8 years ago since they never come did that.
Also, I feel like I need another pat on my back for teaching the kids to just eat in the kitchen (I’m working on a 50/50% success rate these days), and to let me know the MINUTE they spill (in the kitchen or otherwise). This carries over to if something breaks. “If you tell Mommy the truth, right WHEN it breaks, I won’t be mad. But if you wait, and Mommy finds it herself, you may get in trouble”.
Clearly my 7, 5, and 3 year old “get that”. The baby (recently turned 2) — ehh, not sure if he would. But I say it all the time, regardless.
So, I’m busy working from home, and I hear 2 year old screaming incessantly, “Maa Ma. It broke. It broke. It broke. It broke.”
After about 7 mins. of ignoring, I yell upstairs “Oh, it’s okay honey. Don’t worry that it broke” (b/c clearly I was doing more important things). But the “Maa Ma. It broke. It broke. It broke. It broke” didn’t stop.
Argh. So I tell him to come down and SHOW Mommy what broke and I’ll fix it.
He comes to me and says, “Mama – come with me. I show you.”
I follow him and this is what he points to:
Any NORMAL person would have started freaking out on the DOG. “GET IN HER YOU LITTLE S#IT” would probably be echoed. But, you see…
My dog doesn’t GO UPSTAIRS. NEVER. EVER.
So, I ask 2 year old to turn around:
I now know what “broke”.
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