At 3.00 this morning, after an hour of faffing from dd... - I just need my water - I need a different pyjama top - Where's Rupert Bear? - I want to sleep in your bed - I want to sleep in my own bed - I don't want daddy to tuck me in - I'm just going to 'be kind' to my little brother...
I felt the ancient power of all parents past and future well up within me. In a voice that wasn't my own, not shouting, just calm and firm I said "DD, you get into bed and you stay in bed and I don't want to hear another thing until morning. Goodnight"
There was silence. The night held it's breath.
Dd wriggled, "I'm just going to turn your light on mummy..."
"I said goodnight".
And it worked! She settled down and slept until morning. I've never been obeyed just because of my tone of voice before! I woke up this morning thrilled with myself!
When she started dunking her milk in the nappy water after breakfast I did it again, "Dd, milk does not go in the nappy water. Don't do that please", and it worked again!!!! Dp says I'm getting quite giddy with power.
I Mummy Voiced a silly 18 year old boy once, throwing empty beer cans around. He stopped what he was doing immediately, then started to smirk "You can't tell everyone what to do, just because you're a mother. You're not my mother" ..... which completely belied the fact that he had stopped, and had picked them all up!
lol, that reminds me my dsis mummy-voiced a delusional patient once - he was in his 50s but suffering bad dt's and she told him to get in his bed and stay there or she'd tell his father when he came home. patient stayed in bed all night and all next day.
best part was, my sis was only 18 and didn't become a mum for several more years, heh heh.