You Can’t Tell Me What To Do!

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So we’re at dinner tonight, in a restaurant, and Beth tells Jake to sit down.  A common request.  Probably not the first time he’d heard it tonight, either.  Instead of complying, he tries out a new phrase: 

“You can’t tell me what to do.” 

Without saying a word, Beth turns and stares at Jake.  She doesn’t just look at him.  She stares at him.  That Mom death stare.  You know the one. 

She holds it.  Five seconds go by.  Ten.

Jake breaks first.  “Why the madness?” he asks. 

Beth says, “Because you can’t talk to your Mom that way.” 

Another, much shorter, pause. 

“Gabriel did it.” Jake replies.  “Gabriel said ‘you can’t tell me what to do.'” 

She called him on his fib, and he replies, “I’m sorry mama, can you ever forgive me?”

They exchange a quick peck, and the meal resumes. 

What do you think?  How did Beth handle that?  Do you think Jake learned anything?  Will he try it again?rec jake 1


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  1. She did just fine. He will keep testing limits. That is what kids do! Keeping calm and relying on facts is always key.
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    • Nancy Deschene on June 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm
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    Beth handled it fine and yes he will probably try it again. Didn’t we all try that? I did. My mother said, “I’m going to tell you something, little girl, there will never come a time in your life when someone isn’t telling you what to do.” That took the wind out of my sails.

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