Warning: This post contains a large amount of repeating. Anyone still clinging to their sanity STOP reading now and move on.
All others prepare for a been there, done that moment…
Let me preface this with the fact that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my girl! And I get that her repeating is an expression of her anxiety. I get it. It’s just that… it hurts my brain! This is us, finding a happy medium:
Me: “Kirsten, do you want to get a bean burrito at Rubios?” K: “Share with mom?” Me: “Sure honey. Let’s go!”
On our way…
Me: “Kirsten, would you like a bean burrito at Rubios or chicken tenders at Vons?”
K: “Oh, chicken tenders at Vons! And potato wedges.” Me: “No problem. First Rubios for me and then Vons for you.”
K: “Chicken tenders at Vons.” Me: “I know honey.”
K: “Chicken tenders at Vons. Not Rubios.” Me: “Exactly. Chicken tenders at Vons. No Rubios for you.”
K: “Chicken tenders at Vons.” Me: “You already said that, honey.”
K: “Chicken tenders at Vons. Not Kirsten eat Rubios.” Me: “Right. You’re eating chicken tenders at Vons. Not Rubios.”
K: “Oh, Kirsten not eat at Rubios. Chicken tenders at Vons.” My brain has now been twisted to maximum capacity …must STOP cycle!! Me: “Kirsten. No more talking honey. It’s too much.”
K: “Kirsten ea…” Me: “No talking.”
K: “No Ru..” Me: “No talk.”
K: “Kir…” Me: “N…”
Upon arrival at Rubios, I remind Kirsten, “We are going to get Rubios for me and then go to Vons for you. Okay?” K: “Yeah.” Game plan set!
At Rubios counter:
Me: “I’d like th…” K: “No Rubios. Just Vons!”
Me: “I know Kirsten. Vons for you. → I’d like the…” K: “Just Vons! I don’t want Rubios!!”
Me: “Just a minute honey. Let me order. → I’d like…” K: “I don’t want Rubios!”
Me: “I know honey. Just a second. → I’d li…” K: “I don’t wa…”
Me: “Honey!! → *Kirsten* will have VONS and *I* will have the fish taco platter.”
Cashier (smiling): “Okay. Vons for Kirsten and the fish taco platter for you. I take it this is to go?”
Your turn! Coping with stress… how does YOUR child do it??!