Nephew spent the afternoon with us again yesterday which got Yakee more hyper and excited. Around dinner time, he wouldn't stop running circles around his Ninang, who was feeding him. Because he wouldn't listen, I put him on a timeout. Because he refused to listen, I threatened with spanking. He didn't listen, so I followed through with the spanking.
He quited down for a while then resumed his naughtiness, despite slipping and stumbling already. I put him in a long timeout until he cried real tears. After that, he was more behaved.
Later, I asked for a kiss. He kissed me and told me SORRY. I also apologized if I made him feel bad but reiterated that Mommy has to enforce the rules. Then he told me, "I understand."
This morning, I woke up at 6:00 AM to make some headway with my articles that are due. Yakee must have sensed that I was not beside him anymore and woke up, and insisted on staying awake.
I asked him to just stay in bed or play near me but to let me work. I just give him milk from time to time.
In the midst of my online research for HIV and leprosy, he came to me with his Tigger book, the one with a puppet in it. Like what I said, I couldn't turn him away when he wants to be read to. So I engaged him for a while with songs. Then I explained again that I had to work so he should play for a while by himself.
He did play again for a while then later approached me again to tell me, "Mommy, I understand."
I turned off my laptop and went down with him already to officially start the day... cooked omelet for him and his cousin too.
When your child tells you he understands that you are such an imperfect mom, what can you do? :D