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Old 02-10-2013, 06:49 PM   #11
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One of mine went through this phase. When he was too tired was brought up I immediately took away what he wanted and said "oh, ok none of this then since your too tired." and I'd tell him to go take a nap. Sometimes there would be a tantrum but I'd act oblivious to it. Eventually... 15 mins later or so he'd come sauntering out of his room saying he was better but wouldn't be allowed to do anything else before the first task was finished.

Now with the food thing I'd tell him he can eat or nap. If he was too tired to clean better nap, eat then clean and you have no other choices. I just stayed calm and acted very serious like oh you must really be tired, lets sleep! That always bugged him. lol I just wouldn't let him get away with anything. He eventually got tired of it and wasn't getting any help or attention for it so he stopped. Honestly, to me it sounds like your doing what I did. It does go away... I promise!
This is what I do. It does work for my 4y/o DS.

But my 6 y/o is not upset by being sent to her room anymore. She has added an extra sass and a loud, screeching whine with the phrase, complete with a foot stomp or two.

So now I just immediately punish her for it. I can handle a little whining and protesting, but when she whips out that attitude, I don't put up with it.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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This is what I do. It does work for my 4y/o DS.

But my 6 y/o is not upset by being sent to her room anymore. She has added an extra sass and a loud, screeching whine with the phrase, complete with a foot stomp or two.

So now I just immediately punish her for it. I can handle a little whining and protesting, but when she whips out that attitude, I don't put up with it.
It's the attitude here that drives me up the wall.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #13
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My 2 yr old does this too. I don't put up with it either. He can go to bed or just not do anything fun. That wakes him up.
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Anytime I hear "I'm tired" or "I'm sick" (3 year old does this one all the time) I just say in a bored voice "then go lie down I'm bed and have a rest." I generally immediately hear "no, I'm
Not tired." it works great for us!
Yup. I say something along those lines too. "Well that is too bad! Let's go lay down. I could use a nap too!"
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:53 PM   #15
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We've been through that phase too. It gets is frustrating. I handle it the same way most do, by telling them they can do what I asked or they can go take a nap.

One of my 2 year olds now has a new phrase..."I can't." No matter what it is, he says "I can't." Um, yes, you can! He will ask me to carry him down the stairs when I can't (for a real reason) and I'll tell him he has to walk. He will walk down the whole way saying, "I can't." Hello...you just did.

Silly kids! Do they not realize we are wise to their little games and trickier than they are. After all, we are Mom, the great and powerful!
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My 5-year-old says she's "too tired" to do things, too. She also says she's "too bored" and "too scared" when I tell her to clean up her mess.

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My 5-year-old says she's "too tired" to do things, too. She also says she's "too bored" and "too scared" when I tell her to clean up her mess.

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Oh yes... I get "that's too BORING!". all.the.time. waaaay more often than "too tired"!
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One of my 5 year olds pulls the Boorrringgg card. (He used to say he was too tired. He moved to boring.) It drives me nuts because he uses it in the wrong context all the time and it's rubbing off on his twin sister. It gets annoying very quickly.
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DS does this... my answer is if you're too tired you're going to bed. He asks if he can watch a movie and I tell him nope, lights out no TV bed... he's never gone yet. When he does it when we're cleaning up (he only does it then when he's helped to completely trash the room) I tell him fine go to bed, but don't complain when I start throwing toys away instead of putting them away... he cleans.
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One of my 5 year olds pulls the Boorrringgg card. (He used to say he was too tired. He moved to boring.) It drives me nuts because he uses it in the wrong context all the time and it's rubbing off on his twin sister. It gets annoying very quickly.
I can't remember the name of the cartoon, but there is a character in one of the few cartoons that we let the kids watch that says this.

"That's too BOOOORRING."

I think it's Franklin?

Anyway, when I catch the cartoon responsible for teaching my kids this awful phrase, it will be added to the "banned" list.
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