We try not to argue in front of toddler and baby, but sometimes Mr Balderdash is excruciatingly annoying, and my tongue gets so sore from biting down on it all the time that I absolutely just have to vent!
I’ve realised this week when we managed to have the most patronising, high pitched, quiet, no swearing argument that we’ve got into a bit of a habit of trying so hard not to shout that we’ve developed ‘kid friendly’ tactics so as not to raise our voices in the house. It got me thinking is it just us or do other parents do similar things? Here are 3 tactics used this week:
What I say – “Daddy is being a silly Daddy today isn’t he? He’s not being a very good boy is he?”
What I actually mean – “Daddy, you are being an annoying tw$t and I want to punch you in the face
Using Pet Names in a Patronising Way
What I say – “Yes, Darling I know that is the direction the satnav is telling me go, but it just doesn’t feel like this is the right way, ok Sweetheart?”
What I actually mean – “Will you just shut the fu$% up? I know that bit$% on the machine is saying go left but I know it’s a right turn ok?”
The Blatant Lie
What I say – “Yes, I’m absolutely fine”
What I actually mean – “Are you an actual moron? I told you not to delete Bake Off as it was the only thing I’ve been looking forward to watching all week, but as long as you’ve got bloody X Files recorded then that’s just fine, forget it!” *heads for the wine*
It did get me thinking what does everyone else do? I have friends who think nothing of having a ‘spat’ in front of the kids as they believe it teaches them how to reason, mediate and that it’s ok to disagree as long as you’re seen to ‘make up’.
Others just seem to never feel the need to argue, and the thought of raising their voices in front of the little ones is just not an option.
I like to think we’ve struck a ‘happy medium’ between the two. I don’t think our kids should think we are perfect and that nothing annoys us and think that the world is always just hunky dorey. They should see how to handle situations where we disagree, or just annoy each other for no specific reason, and that as long as we make up in front of them and daddy says “sorry” (!) then it’s ok so have ‘off’ days.
Do you have any techniques for this situation? Do you argue in front of the kids? What do you think is right or wrong?