Ok, so my sweetie pea of a little girl is all around a very well behaved child, 4 years old has proved to be the golden age, I'm sure more experienced moms are not surprised by this as I have heard it said to be true here on Mothering before.
Anyway, she doesn't get into a lot of trouble, she has learned how to entertain herself pretty well this summer, she is listening a lot better and she is seriously sweet as honey.
All this to say she does seem to have one little vice.
An attraction to scissors has seemed to blossom around these parts and I don't know how to approach it. I have approached it, for sure, but I definitely feel like I could be approaching it better.
So it started with an admission that she had found some scissors laying around and tried to use them to cut a hole in one of my dresses that was folded on a laundry pile. She pretty much tried to cut the dress, failed at manipulating the scissors well enough to actually cut the dress then I guess knew it was naughty and came to tell me right away, or that's how it seemed. I have to admit I don't remember it super clearly but I do remember telling her that, "it was naughty and kind of a mean thing to do to Mommy and how would she like it if I got one of her dresses and cut a hole in that?" She did start to cry and I know she felt bad but mostly about the idea that I might do it to one of her things.
Then the next time rolls around. This time she has climbed on a chair to get the scissors (because I had made a new rule that she could no longer use scissors and that scissors were to be kept out of her reach all together) down from their higher home and has used them to clip a chunk out of the cats fur!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luckily no real harm to the Kitty, but still! I was pretty darn heated because she could have seriously hurt the cat. I gave dd a time out and a stern talking to about the dangers of scissors and blah blah blah.
So this time.
She walks up to my bed tonight already crying because she knows she has done somethin' naughty and holds out her toothbrush in front of her and says, "I'm soooooooorrrrrry Mommmmmmy!!!!!" and it appears that she has cut the rubbery suction cup off the end of her child's toothbrush (the suction cup made it able to stand up on the sink...you get the idea), I must have left the scissors out last night after trimming her hair, which is obviously my bad, and she couldn't stand the taboo temptation and SNIP! had to get that satisfying feeling of cutting something.
The funny thing is she actually wasn't crying about disappointing mommy or knowing she would get in trouble, but as she told me a few minutes later, she was crying because she didn't think this thing out and was now very sad that her suction toothbrush would no longer be able to stand up on the sink.
Geez, this is all to deep for me.
Am I making the cutting even more tempting by making it all off limits? She starts school in like 2 weeks, where is this cutting thing going to go then?
What would you do?
SOrry this is SO long!!!!!