Admitting Defeat


So..I’ve completely failed in my quest to get the Bean to take the medication for her ear infection.  The Hubs and I tried everything. We bribed, threatened and put her in time out.  We tried mixing it in every food possible and nothing. I couldn’t mask the taste enough and she flat out refused to take it.  Thankfully a re-check at the doctors again yesterday showed her ear was mending on its own, but I was reminded again how screwed we are.  I mean, if I can’t get my 3 year old to take her medicine now, how am I going to get my 16 year old to respect curfew?!

I mentioned this in my last post, but Beaner is 3 years old and I have still not found her kryptonite.  I haven’t found a single form of discipline that gets her attention.  Time outs? Meh.  Taking away toys? Who cares- she has 15 million others.  Losing privileges? Not a big deal- she can entertain herself just find with a stick and a piece of string. Who needs movies!

I also haven’t found anything that motivates her more then once.  She really doesn’t care about things, so the lure of a new toy doesn’t go far. She’s not food orientated, so M&M’s or other goodies not typically allowed in our home doesn’t get us anywhere.  I suppose I could ban her from hanging out with the cats or playing with her brother (her only loves), but that just seems crazy.

Thankfully in the cases of bad behavior, a combination of all of the above gets our point across 99% of the time. But when it comes to times when the Bean is flat out refusing to do something, like take her medicine, I honestly don’t have a clue. Do any of you?


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I adore my family, writing, books, cats, lazy mornings in bed, and chocolate. I'll never say no to breakfast for dinner, long talks with friends and lazy summer days at the pool with family. My life is often crazy, always awesome and one I'm so happy to be living! My side hustle is editing and proofing work. Find out more at

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  1. The only thing that has worked for our son, who was traumatized by many courses of oral steroids when he was young (even the doctors wince when they tell you how awful it is) has been to let him give it to himself. It took a few failed doses for him to get the hang of the syringe, but being in control of it seems to take the tension out of it. Sounds like you’re dumping doses anyway, so maybe worth a try?

    I will confess that we’ve had to be in the Hold Em Down camp…there is no healing pneumonia on your own and it was take the medicine or, well, not breathe for P. Not fun, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

    And I hear you, I’m already dreading the teenage years with our B…

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