Yesterday we had blood, tears and chocolate, and all before breakfast.
Catriona had found a Fifi and the Flowertops egg, egg-cup and spoon set in Tesco and this was presented to Maria first thing in the morning. After consuming the small chocolate egg, Maria looked at the egg-cup before it was jetisoned in the general direction of Alex, who had just finished his morning bottle. Unfortunately it hit him on his nose bringing about a small amount of blood together with buckets of tears. We both instinctively roared at Maria in anger (she’s been warned about throwing things before) reducing her to tears and although we knew her actions were not intentional she was banished to the naughty corner.
The ‘naughty corner’ in our house is acutally the hall which, with the stair-gate and all the downstairs doors shut, provides Maria with a safe and distraction free place for her to contemplate the recent misdemeanour and how she might better behave in the future. Supernanny advocates a minute for every year of a child’s life as the appropriate duration and release is conditional on an apology. Maria is very good at saying sorry although she tends to say it a bit too quickly for my liking; as if she knows it’s just the right thing to say. This time I could see in her eyes that she meant it and after the 2 minutes of reflection I thought to myself that our shouting might have been a bit over the top for what was after all an accident.