DS (4) became a very good swimmer this summer. Unfortunately, he also has a love for throwing things into the pool. And a huge penchant for drama.
So after a half a summer of being "grounded" from playing outside b/c he couldn't control himself, he has had about a month of playing outside without incident. He's been doing great the past few weeks and I was really proud of him. Until today.
The kids were playing nicely outside and I was getting their stuff ready for school, eating breakfast, etc. When I went out to get them into the car, they had thrown about 50 rocks into the pool! I immediately stripped DS down, got him into his swim suit and goggles and told him to get in. The water's not warm at this point, but it's manageable. He's just not cooperating. He's complaining he's cold. He's refusing to do anything. He is in the pool, cold, crying, and not getting very far. I even tried to help by pushing the ones from the deep end into the shallow water. He's hysterical.
It's been an hour and he's retrieved about 10 rocks. It's ridiculous. He's amping up the drama and refusing to work, even though he's already wet and cold.
How long does this have to go on? Do I just cancel my day and sit here til he's done? Let him off the hook? I'm screaming mad at this point and have already reacted in a way that is completely and decidedly ungentle. I am doing my best to stay calm and it's not working. I'm sitting RIGHT HERE and he's trying to "sneak" out of the pool!
So the consequence for throwing rocks into the pool is having to retrieve them. What's the consequence for not doing it? Throw him back into the pool? Force his head down under the water til he picks up a rock? I don't think so....