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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"The Man"

As parents aren't we always looking for new strategies to better deal with difficult behavior? Here we talk about "The Man" which was a technique I created and used with my little ones. Then to my horror I found out how Charisse was misusing my technique. Listen, laugh, learn, but please...use it correctly! Hope this gives you a good giggle.



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20 comments:

Willoughby said...

I wonder if that would work on rude adults, too? As in "Excuse me, but if you don't stop blocking the entire aisle with your shopping cart while you look at every can of tomato soup on the shelf, THE MAN is going to make you leave the supermarket!"

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Holly said...

I like the way Willoughby thinks...using it on rude adults would be fantastic. For now, I might try it on my kids and see what happens...my son will probably want to talk to the man directly...UGH!
Holly @ 504 Main

kyslp said...

I think it's too late to try that with my kids now. I wish I'd heard this about 5 years ago.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

LOL, my 40 yr old brother has already taught all the kids about "The Man" and how he's always cheating him in life. I think yours is better!

I Wonder Wye said...

Yeah my first thought was 'the man' would work great for erring adults, too! Sounds like C's man just might sport a claw!

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Theta Mom said...

Wonder if THE MAN will work on anybody rude for that matter? I'll have to try this out with my son and see how it goes!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I kind of like the kidnapping man...I always just say to my kids, when there is a cop where we are....that if they misbehave they will be arrested and thrown into jail. It works.

Stephanie Faris said...

You guys are just SO cute! You look more like sisters than mother and daughter.

hurstburst said...

I love this! Unfortunately I think my boys are too savvy for this by now. I love Willoughby's suggestion of using it on clueless adults - brilliant!

Susan Berlien (warmchocmilk) said...

I'm scared of the Man! Ha! I use a similiar technique. I just tell him that's the rule and that the police officer said so. Works every time. (well, almost)

!!The Obnoxious SAHM!! said...

YOU GUYS ARE HYSTERICAL!!!! OMG I am dying laughing here. I have GOT to try it and I think it will change parenting worldwide as we know it. LOL I love this so much, I sent a link on my FB and I am tweeting this. SOOO FUNNY you guys!!
BTW just to let you know, You are my new best friends. ((hugs))!!

Someone's Mom said...

Thanks so much for stopping and commenting on my blog-I will certainly hit the follow button for yours. You visited my travel blog, but I have a mom blog too...from a few years down the road of your mothering. I'm going to put your link on that one. You 2 are great, so real and next time there is a video I think I'll make myself a cup of coffee and pretend to be part of the conversation!

Sue

The Royal Family said...

lol
seriously am a follower thanks for visiting me so I could find you

MJ said...

LOL - I can only wish THE MAN would work with Goose. She would ask to talk to him and then want to barter. And if I would use Charisse's version of "the man" she would just start bawling!!!

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

we all know who 'the man' is - he's the bastard trying to keep us all under his thumb

!!The Obnoxious SAHM!! said...

okay ladies, guess what.... I have tried this genius technique and IT WORKS!! BUT I just say I am going to call "the man" and they flip out like crazy and listen.

genius! brilliant! and a "you rock, dude" ;)

ScoMan said...

I gotta say, I think the scary man would get better behaviour out of the kids. Eventually, they're going to see through this "man won't let us have dessert" thing and they're going to take a gamble.. but you don't gamble with a man with handcuffs.

My name is PJ. said...

My brother-in-law's mother, who was a wee sprite of a thing with 4 giant sons, used to say to them, "Do I have to get the red umbrella?" Mind you, there was no umbrella whatsoever and they'd certainly never been struck with one....but it worked every time.

With my kids (eons ago now) they understood they had one shot at it. If they misbehaved at any given place, at any given time, we would leave immediately and I would never take them there again. Ever. They both laid on the floor at a crowded bank once when I was at the teller window and unaware. That was the only time we never went back to someplace. I had all I could do not to laugh though....

Centsational Girl said...

You two are hysterical. I'm totally adopting "The Man". I agree with Willougby. Wish it would work on rude adults !

Kate

Men Are Dumb. I Are One. said...

Still one of the funniest videos you two have done. Classic.