Long and boring, proceed with coffee
Yes, I had to do it. I had to ground Lean, for the very first time. I feel like a heel but I must follow through. She can't play with her friends ALL DAY LONG.
What was her heinous crime you ask? Succumbing to the "Christy Murphy" effect. You know the kid who smoothly got you to do something you shouldn't, escaping correction because she didn't actually do the alleged crime herself- she just convinced you to do it. UH--HUH "Christy Murphy", more on her powers of persuation later.
So Lean's "Christy Murphy" and another friend were over yesterday to play. I figure they will be okay without me hovering over their every move. Plus one of the girl's Dads was out next door mowing his acreage.
I foolishly watched some hidden camera type show that wasn't-- even-- funny. Poor judgement, I know. Lean comes in soaking wet. I say,"what's going on?" She say's "we played in the water". Fully clothed, without permission. She did this once before and "Christy Murphy" was sent home. Of course I go see if they are all wet. They are. Plus they have scattered wheat (I'm a farmer's daughter- more on that later) all over the garage and then watered it. I had already told her to leave the wheat alone. Don't mess with my wheat people, I mean children!
My mouth hangs open, "Christy Murphy" perks up and proudly says "I told her to do it!" I send the girls home and cram Lean in the tub. She's crying and miserable then I realize-DUH!, its the "Christy Murphy" effect. Yep, she was smoozed into mis behaviour. So I smoozed her into feeling better.
Don't get me wrong, I know she did some things she knew were wrong, she's no angel. But man-oh-man I know how you can be easily led astray like that. My little lamb's getting out in the world. Lucky for her I already battled the "Christy Murphy" effect. I'll help her learn too.