Round two of the “phone war”: Tonight, at 10:45 PM, as I was trying to get Ricki into bed, I saw her grab my phone book (from which she always copies her friends phone numbers), and the portable phone.
-Ricki, you are NOT making any phone calls!
-Just a short call to Ruchi.
-Ruchi is ASLEEP! And YOU should ALSO be so!! Go brush your teeth.
[Ricki starts looking the number up.]
-Give me that phone book, and go brush your teeth!
[Ricki ignores me. As I try to get the phone from her, she dodges around to the other side of the table, and keeps staying opposite to me as I move.
Now at this point I should have calmly thought of a consequence, or gone to call help, calmly, but I didn’t.]
[I turn off the electricity. This has a dual purpose. Ricki can not use the phone, and also sees I mean business. It also brings her exasperated older brother ,(i.e., the cavalry backup troops) who now has torn himself away from the temporarily darkened computer screen. I had called him earlier, but he didn’t hear me.]
Ricki’s brother: “WHY IN THE WORLD DID YOU DO THAT?”
-“Ricki is dodging me, standing on the other side of the table. Grab the phone from her!”
[He grabs the phone and hisses at his sibling, “If you don’t listen to Mommy, you will hear about it from me!”
15 minutes later she was sound asleep. [Partly due to her brother’s intervention, and even more due to my (once I could reach Ricki) putting the phone book WELL out of her reach.]
I think I should have handled it better.... Just not sure exactly how yet......