So I have mentioned the actions of DD2 on here before...mischief, naughtiness, etc. This morning was particularly bad. She refused to eat cereal that she asked for (a recurring problem - asking for food and not eating it) and I refused to give her anything else until she at least ate some if not all of it. I tend to the other kids and come back to find her scooping the cereal out onto the table and floor and pouring the milk out. There was more to all of this but that is the jist of it. So she got reprimanded and punished for that. Immediately after this incident I sent her to her room.
Fast forward about 20 minutes and we are frantically looking for DD1's glasses. Can't find them anywhere. Asked DD2 if she knew where they were or put them somewhere - she said no. In my heart I knew she did - she has hidden things before. So DD1 goes to school with no glasses. I spend the next hour looking until finally she points them out and said she put them there - between DD1's mattress and side of bed. I seriously don't think I ever would have found them!
Anyway, needless to say I am pissed and told her there would be something taken away. I just couldn't think straight at the moment.
Later after we got finished dropping the glasses off at school I mentioned to her that I wished she had told me where they we and we would not have had to walk there to drop them off. I asked her why she didn't tell us where they were before DD1 left for school and she said she wanted DD1 to find them. I started to get the impression that maybe she didn't understand the gravity of the situation - that we were looking, that DD1 needed them for school, etc. She just turned 4. She is smart and seems to understand things but sometimes I treat her as if she is older I guess because she isn't a baby anymore and I am used to DD1 and sometimes don't realize that she is only 4 and not as mature as a 6 yo.
Ok, so if you are still with me lol....WWYD? Would you just give her a talking to and explain why that was wrong? Would you reprimand by taking something away? (I was thinking of not letting her watch her nightly show - something we have taken away before as punishment). That wouldn't be until after dinner. I kind of feel like the whole point is lost now and it's in the past and if I were to do something I should have at that moment....I couldn't because she had speech like 5 mins after we found the glasses....
She did want to play a game before speech and I said I couldn't because we spent so much time looking for the glasses that we had no time left to play. Is that enough?
Thanks if you made it this far!