Powerless to the Vomit Ploy

4 Jan

It seems our sweet boy has discovered my weakness and is using it against me. He’s been saying he doesn’t feel well at very opportune times for himself.

  • When he doesn’t want to finish a certain veggie or different kind of dinner.
  • When he doesn’t want to clean up his toys.
  • When he doesn’t want to go to sleep.

Last night, he even got out of bed and actually made hurling sounds into the toilet. I went running to his side and nothing. Not a hint of hurl. Instead, he spills the beans that he just wants me to rest with him and sing. I told him about telling fibs and why it’s wrong but I don’t know if it got through to him.

I am just so powerless against the sickness claim. I mean, what if he really is sick and I ignore it because I think he’s just trying to get out of something? I’m damaged now. I always want to baby them when they say they don’t feel well but now he could be smiling over my shoulder as I hug him to comfort him. I guess I should prefer that to vomit over my shoulder?

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3 Responses to “Powerless to the Vomit Ploy”

  1. Karen January 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Maybe ingnore him next time and then check in on him later explaining that lying and “crying wolf” will result in mommy not responding when he really needs you.

    • nikkival January 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      I am now sitting on the steps doing that ignorance/don’t acknowledge the behavior technique. We learned it watching Super Nanny and had to do it a year or so ago with him. We did it for a few nights and it worked. Guess he needs a refresher. Yawn. I’ll probably fall asleep before he does.

      • Ginger January 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

        Ugh – tough love hurts! But it sounds like the right thing to do, especially since it worked before. Good luck!

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