The interesting part of this ordeal is when I summon my two ‘misses’, an interesting conversation (not explanation O!) ensues. After trading blames between themselves on who did what and who did not; they will attempt to negotiate their punishment or penance.
Their responses often do not show any commitment to discontinue and it most times goes thus:
Mimi: It’s not me, its Didi
Mum: Didi, who did this?Didi: I don’t know o!
Mum: Can both of you tell me who did this? (Pointing to the wall)
Mimi: Mum, I did not do it, I saw Didi do it
Mum: Mimii are you sure? Didi who did this? (stern look)
Didi: Mum, please I won’t do it again (putting on her best baby face), don’t spank me and don’t tell dad please.
Mum: If you do not want to be spanked, then stop colouring the wall. If you must colour, use your colouring book. If I see another … (Sermon continues)
We repaint the walls in the house yearly but I recently proposed to my hubby that we put a hold on it till the kids reach the age of being accountable for their actions. Oh yes! I do imagine what the walls will look like. Not sure I have been able to convince my bobo yet O!
How do I stop my preschoolers from constantly using the walls as their painting canvas? Are you facing a similar challenge? Please share your success tips at discouraging or stopping them.
Help a mom save her walls!