3 Ritz

Tonight Ruben and I had some real parenting choices to make. I’ll start at the beginning.

Tommy came home from his friends house (at 7) after being at the park all afternoon.

Me: Tommy, Your dinner is on the counter your brothers already ate, let me heat it up for you.
Tommy: Oh, I already ate with Kyle.
Me: Really, oh, ok. What did you have?
Tommy: Chicken Quesadillas and Beans.
Me: Ok then, I’ll put your dinner away. You can go in and watch a movie with your brothers.

8:00 rolls around and It’s bedtime. 15 min after I tucked them in, Tommy came downstairs.

Tommy: Mom, to tell you the truth I didn’t eat with Kyle.
Me: So you lied to me?
Tommy: Yes and I am starving.
Me: I am sorry Tommy tonight you’ll be going to bed without dinner. Next time remember this before you decide to lie to me.

Tommy runs upstairs balling and dramatically holding his stomach.

Flash back to Monday of last week, Tommy had just gotten a spanking for lying to his Dad about stealing gum out of his car even though Ruben gave him 3 or 4 chances to fess up.

So while my punishment tonight may have seemed a little harsh, we have to nip this in the bud. Ruben was working upstairs in his office so I IM’ed him (yes we IM in the same house, doesn’t everyone?)

Me: I need your help, I have a problem with Tommy. He lied to me about something and I have sent him to bed without dinner. I am feeling very badly, should we offer him a spanking in lieu of going to bed hungry?
Ruben: (runs downstairs) What happened?
Me: Explained the entire story to him.
Ruben: He’s got to learn that lying to us is not OK this is the 3rd or 4th time he’s lied in the past month.
Me: I feel soooo bad, it’s killing me. Should we give him an option, or should the punishment fit the crime?
Ruben: I think we need to stick to our guns, if that is the punishment you issued I support it, but maybe we can give him a couple of crackers.
Me: OK, poor kid but he’s got to learn, give him 3 Ritz crackers

Ruben took him the 3 Ritz crackers and now Tommy is sleeping. As hard as it was, I am proud of us for being a team and sticking together on this one.

3 Ritz, that is all he had for dinner. Poor Kid.

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Rebecca - August 6, 2009 - 5:38 pm

You two are the most wonderful parents in the world!! (BTW I use to call my kids on the phone, I was so tired of going upstairs every two seconds)I love this story, it's going to be remembered forever and told over and over with big smiles and laughs as Tommy gets to be a young adult. Just remember this, parenting doesn't come with a manuel so if what you do comes out of love and respect only you two know what is best!! Don't feel bad Anji you're an amazing mom!!
Love you guys, miss you!!


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