Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

She's such a contrary Mary, these days. Whatever we say or do, she MUST say and do the opposite.

Sometimes, we use this to our advantage. Take for example, this scene from last week:
Moppet is doing her 'nangu run' after her evening bath, where she scoots around the house without a stitch on her. She ends up in the study and screams, 'Look, I'm nangu!' expecting her father to get up and do what he usually does - chase her back to her room where I wait with her pyjamas and then join in the epic struggle to get her into them.

But this time, her father decides to take a different approach. 'Wow!' he says, 'How nice! Don't wear any clothes tonight ok?'

Contrary Mary is instantly up in arms. 'No! I wear clothes!'

Her father senses he's onto a good thing and doesn't back down. 'No, no! No clothes for you!'

'NO, NO, NOOOOOOO! I WEAR CLOTHES!' a screaming Moppet rushes into her room and is in her pyjamas in under 30 seconds.
So now we use this trick off and on, but of late the results have been rather unreliable. Like today, at lunch:
Mama (spooning a big heap of beans and potato curry onto her plate): Mmm! Nice beans. No beans for Moppet ok?

Moppet: (grinning widely) 'kay! I eat onny ice cream.

22 comments:

Rohini said...

LOL! The latest in our household is at milk-time when the brat declares that he does not want to become a big, string boy...

Mona said...

lol, these kids. never sure who's taking who for a ride, huh?
:)

Sindhu said...

What fun. Reverse psychology huh? :)Just when you think you've figured her out! :) Gave me a good laugh this morning.. keep the posts coming, dear.

tessiewrites said...

LOL to "onny ice cream"... u must have a real tough time making her eat... right maggie?

DotThoughts said...

she catchng up on your devious tricks... i am amazed at her sharp mind verytime! Like mommy, like daughter :)

Shobana said...

You never know when the table turn. Onny ice-cream, indeed.

dipali said...

She will outsmart you guys, whatever you try:)

Planethalder said...

Ha ha, she's the clever one, isn't she? :-)

choxbox said...

LOL!

Kodi's Mom said...

yes, reverse psych rocks! that is, until they catch on :(
she is smart, taht little moppet!

choxbox said...

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Swati said...

LOL !! You think you are smarter than her ...not always :)

tessiewrites said...

blogrolled ya :)

Mama - Mia said...

nangu run!! i was laughing like a mad woman just imagining Moppet's attempt at shocking and exasperating you guys!! hehe!!

give her onny ice cream from me?! :)

cheers!

abha

thelastbyte said...

Speaking in contraries already? Our lil' Moppet's learning the fine art of womanhood. No, no - of course all women say what mean and mean what they say.

Ah, I've missed your Moppet. And Munch? How apt! So edible!

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Null Pointer

noon said...

onny ice-cream - how cute!
We have such scenes here even now with KB - not full nangu - but soon after potty/flush/wash, he will run out and dart and jump into the couch and climb to the top and stand against the wall laughing away and esp with B - he gives him a hard time to put his clothes back on. Just a game - he just laughs and laughs when B struggles with him.
But yes do give Moppet onny ice-cream K! :) She has earned it with her own cuteness!

Anonymous said...

LOL why does this remind me of the Barney episode, Mags? :-D
Hugs to Moppet!
JLT

tessiewrites said...

TAgged!! not a mama tag!! but love to read it from u :)

Preethi said...

lol.. she is too smart I tell ya!!

Homecooked said...

So reverse psychology does work sometimes,haan ? I think kids are smart enough to realise a good thing when mom says " no beans for you" :)

Fuzzylogic said...

Trust the little smart cookie to catch on so quickly on the reverse psychology:)And my !oh my!little moppet is so grown up and the nangu runs were hilarious:)

Cuckoo said...

Good Fun :) She's one step ahead.. now you've gotto figure what next!