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Complaining Adds Up

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Complaining became a big problem in our house when . . . well, since I moved into it.

But, I tried to resolve the issue with the Complaint Free World Bracelet. Which brought to light the fact that nearly every word out of my mouth is a complaint. Certainly nearly every blog is somehow a complaint. We’re too fat. TV and movies are too sexual and violent. Disney Princess Movies aren’t even written by any women – at all, like not even one woman on the writing staff. Sexual predators are stalking children online. Kate Moss must have malfunctioning taste buds. I want to publish a book, but I’m to broke and scared what you’ll think and say about it. Incessant complaining, really. I’m working on it. God is working on it for me.

Do you know what the most annoying thing you can do to a habitual complainer like myself is?

Get a 7- or 8-year-old to follow them around incessantly complaining. For about a year-and-a-half.

I decided to Woman Up and Parent. Oh the hypocrisy of complaining about her complaining was bothering me, sure.

But, hey! I’m the Mom and she’s the kid and seriously, I’m can’t stand to listen to it anymore. So here’s the deal, I told her,

“For every complaint, you’re giving me a quarter. Every time you complain you’re ruining your own life a little. Also, you’re ruining mine. ”

In the first 24 hours she paid me $10.25. That’s over 40 complaints in 24 hrs. and I let a few slide because they were legitimate things I needed to know like Mommy, I stepped on a thumb tack yesterday and now my foot is throbbing and red.

I told her she can earn the money back by not complaining for one single day.

Any better ideas? All are welcome.

2 replies
  1. Missy says:

    Did you just start? I think it’s a great idea. I’d give it a week and if you don’t see a real reduction in complaining, go to the dreaded EARLIER BEDTIME. That’s what I do with my 7yo. Hers is in relation to yelling at her sister. But with yours, for every complaing, you could shave 5 minutes off her bedtime (or maybe 3 minutes or 2 minutes if you still have upwards of 20). I think earlier bedtime works wonders for this age group. It’s like going to jail.

    Keep me posted!

    Missy

  2. Tracee Sioux says:

    Brilliant Missy. Except I can barely pull off our current bedtime.

    I did however ground her from TV for 2 days for violating the bedtime rules last night.

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