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Mother, writer and daydreamer. Also chocoholic and chick-flick lover. But mainly mommy. To two boys, at that! When not escorting my Elder One (EO) to karate class, I'm trying to get in as many cuddles as possible from my Younger One (YO). And when not doing either, I'm hard-at-work trying to maintain a steady relationship with my laptop. And as for the Man I Married (MIM), well, let’s just put it this way – even though we share a bedroom, our most meaningful conversations are held over the cell-phone!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Boarding the Train to Mommy Hell

If there's one thing that the MIM and I are anal about, it's lying. And a couple of weeks ago, when our EO lied, the MIM nearly burst a blood vessel. After the initial yelling, the time-out and 'sentencing' (no TV for 24 hours), we sat him down and explained to him why lying was bad. We told him to trust us and treat us like his friends and blah and blah and more blah.

It obviously didn't work because yesterday he lied again.

I just looked at him in shock. When he realised that he'd been caught, he started crying; big fat tears of, not remorse, but fear, falling thick and fast down his cheeks. Since the slap, time-out and no-TV diktat obviously didn't work last time, I decided to go emo. I used the time-honoured, never-failed, mommy-weapon -- emotional blackmail (geez, I am so becoming my mom, it's not even scary anymore!!)

I stared at the EO, looking terribly pained and let forth phrases like "How could you lie to me? Me?!? Your mamma?!?" and "Do you know what you've done??? You've broken my heart. Mamma's heart is broken..." complete with heart on my hand.

After the rainfall, I let the sun in. The incident over, the apology accepted, we carried on with the rest of our evening. He was getting ready for bed and I was looking through the post when he suddenly comes and grabs my arm and says, "Is this your left side?"
"Mmmhmm", I say without even looking up.
My gorgeous son then stands on tip-toe, puts his ear to somewhere below my left boob and says, "I'm just checking to see if your heart is still breaked or not..."

And if that wasn't enough, what's the first thing he asked me when I went to his room in the morning? Sigh..."Mamma, is your heart fixed now?"

I hope they read this blog of mine before sending me to Mommy Hell...

9 comments:

richajn said...

:)
these are the moments which make all of mommy chaos worthwhile :)

sandeep said...

sweet! i hope this one works and EO never lies again. all the best.

Still thinking said...

Just a passing phase Mamma, EO's got to take care of his Mamma's heart now and he loves her the mostest! :)

Don't worry, I'm sure this apple hasn't fallen far from the tree, he'll just be you someday, soon :)
And EO's such a dahling! :D

Mama - Mia said...

:)

ah well! the small lies of childhood! done em all, i have! and still am a decent person, i would like to belive!

am sure its just a phase where he is yet again testing his boundaries!

and he is suc a sweet heart!! :)

cheers!

abha

dipali said...

Awwwwww. Such a darling. Yes, they send us to hell and bring us right back if we're lucky:)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@richajn : You're so right!

@sandeep : With you on the 'never lie again' bit! :)

@Still: I hope so dear, I hope so. Breaks my heart to punish him :(

@Namesake : I hope this is just a phase, sweetie, I really do hope so! :)

@dipali : What is the road to salvation, pray tell me!

Indyeah said...

Just a phase..it'll pass..
trust me coz we all have been there ,done that...




My gorgeous son then stands on tip-toe, puts his ear to somewhere below my left boob and says, "I'm just checking to see if your heart is still breaked or not..."

And if that wasn't enough, what's the first thing he asked me when I went to his room in the morning? Sigh..."Mamma, is your heart fixed now?"

still have doubts? :)

thats what they are..innocent darlings who forget a thing from one moment to the next...


god bless them both:))

Anonymous said...

He's the cutest :) But seriously, how does one explain the concept of truth and being-open to such a small child? I guess your route is the best, constantly telling him that lies just DO NOT work :)
- Meera

Goofy Mumma said...

he is adorable M4!! About the lying, I can understand your anger. But why did he lie, I think the root cause is what needs to be addressed. Mostly kids lie, because they fear being scolded... Its so tough being a parent, isn't it. I forever fail on patience, forever!!! You are definitely doing a great job.