That is the phrase I hear from Melody about 30 seconds after I tell her to do something. That is if she even remembers I told her to do something.
Distraction. All. The. Time.
Yes, I know she's absolutely adorable. (Who can resist this sweet face?)
But cuteness can only take you so far.
And now something has to be done.
Here's the backstory:
For a while (read: the majority of her life to date) Melody has struggled with transitions. Even when the transitions were in her favor (such as going to play a game with Mommy) there was a brief (but painful to the ears) high pitched whining sound, sometimes followed by a hand-to-the-forehead swoon or something equally dramatic, large tears rolling down her face as she proclaimed something to the effect of, "But whyyyyy must I play with you, Mommy, oh why oh why!"
You get the idea.
I spent a considerable about of time working on this with her. We practiced appropriate responses, I learned that she works best with (multiple) warnings of the pending change, etc.
And low and behold our transitional outburts are now few and far between!
it seems we've traded one issue in for another.
While Melody is now (mostly) happy to follow through with any command, she can only rememeber what it is she's supposed to do for about 2.5 seconds. And forget multiple step directions. She doesn't have a prayer there.
I know that we all have different parenting ideas as to what is a reasonable expectation, etc. However, we believe it's reasonable to expect a 4.5 year old to follow through with simple tasks...such as flushing the toilet. And taking off her clothes, putting in the hamper, and changing into her pajamas. I frequently find the clothes on the floor while Melody is running around nekkid oblivious to the fact that there was a follow through necessary for the task at hand.
I would welcome any suggestions, tips, tricks, etc, that will help her to remember what it is she supposed to be doing. Something that will encourage her and help her stay focused and on task.
Who am I kidding...I'm begging for suggestions!
Seriously, if I leave the house one more time and realize that Melody has yet again forgotten her shoes, you might see me on the evening news. I'm just sayin'.