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Outsmarted During Project Discipline: Mommy Brain

As mentioned before we have been working on “Project Discipline” around the house because I was creating a bit of a 3 1/2-year-old terror. After trying many different  methods, I learned what worked best for us was to take away one of his favorite toys. He then understood consequences, and would do whatever he could to rectify the situation to get the toy back.

After a particularly difficult morning, my son lost his car collection.  If you have little boys, you may be aware of the excitement that comes to a little boys face when he gets a new car…in our house, there is also extreme jumping up and down, especially when it is one of the “Cars” Movie cars. Which…leads us to having this…


A massive car collection made up from tag-sale purchases, gifts, and rewards.


Anyway…I took the cars away and took them into one of Mommy’s hiding spot.  I have a couple of these spots…but 2 weeks went by and I could not find where they were AT ALL.  The only remaining cars that I could find were Jeff Gorvette and Mater (moms of girls, have I lost you yet???)…


how could I not find a huge bunch of cars??? I feared that they got thrown out somehow, because every once and a while, I have a major cleaning binge, and that kind of thing happens, or my daughter’s favorite spot to put things is the trash (awesome).
Now, the long departure of the cars helped to improve his behavior considerably…he’s was very kind and helpful to his sister and clearly the lesson was learned, because every once in a while, he asked if he was good enough to get his cars back.


Mother’s guilt was overriding all senses of reasonability.  After ripping apart the house, I took to searching for the cars online…new, these guys are about $7 (some of them are up to $30 on Amazon – WHAT?!)…and my son has 30 of them. $210 bucks on cars? EEK. I was checking eBay, Craigslist, everywhere you could think of. This mommy brain moment was going to have some big financial consequences. Before I made  the purchases though, I finally confessed to my husband what happened (I think he tires of my mommy brain moments sometimes, so I prefer to just let him read about them here)….and he asked the question – do you think D knows where they are? Because while he is asking about the cars, he is not as upset as he should be, AND we did find two of them…hmmm…hubby can be so wise sometimes.

So I started looking in my son’s hiding spots…as opposed to mine.  In the playroom, under a big toy, hidden in a bucket, well…we found the cars. When I asked D why the cars were there, he danced around the question a bit. He finally said that he got them out of my spot, and put them into his, so that they couldn’t be taken away again.


Dear lord…this time I was seriously outsmarted by my son.  Time for some new mommy hiding spots (and perhaps better oversight in the house of my son??)…

Lauren - September 26, 2012 - 10:12 am

I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but laugh at the end of your post. It is too funny that he thought to hide the car from you so he wouldn’t loose it again. You have one smart little boy in your hands!

Ann Marie - September 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

Totally agree with Lauren, I laughed too!!!! Too funny! I loved this story!!!

Meg - September 26, 2012 - 2:10 pm

I love this – we need to learn to be suspicious when they aren’t as upset as they should be. My oldest had an Avengers “Thor’s Hammer” that he played with all the time. We went to a friend’s house and he brought it and we went home late after dinner. For days, I couldn’t find Thor’s Hammer and every time I asked him where it was, he said “I don’t know…” but didn’t seem concerned. Turns out, we drove home with the window open and we think (and he admits to it, but I don’t always believe that he understands everything he says yes to) he dropped it out the window when we were driving home and was too scared to say anything at the time.

JulieK - September 26, 2012 - 2:47 pm

ooh my that is hilarious!!!

admin - October 9, 2012 - 7:14 pm

I am glad that everyone got a kick out of it :) And Meg, you are so right – kids should never be too quiet, and should always be concerned!

Mel K. - October 14, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Have you ever considered hiding the items he’s not supposed to have in plain sight? Like a high shelf he can’t reach?

admin - October 14, 2012 - 9:29 pm

We have…on top of the fridge was my favorite spot…until he was climbing to get the items back :( I might have to give this another try though – thanks so much Mel K :)

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