Parent Hackfire: when your parenting strategy doesn't work as expected (and then comes back to bite you on the heinie). Thank you, Laid-Off Dad, for coining the term.
Here's one of my many Parent Hackfires: When my son was four, I gave him a time-out in the customary location, at the bottom of the stairs. Set the timer for four minutes (because he was four, and I was trying to follow that rule about matching the number of minutes to the kid's age). Ding! I told my son his time-out was over, and how did he respond? "No! I like the stairs!" Refused to budge for another 30 minutes. Who's in charge now, sucker?
Got a Parent Hackfire you're willing to share? Funniest entry (as determined by ME, of course!) wins a copy of the wonderful book "Daddy Needs a Drink: An Irreverent Look at Parenting from a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids– Even When They're Driving Him Nuts" (Robert Wilder). Write up your tale of woe and post it on your blog or in the comments here by Sunday, August 20. (If you post your Parent Hackfire on your blog, be sure to include a trackback or a link in the comments so we can all come by and read it…and then laugh heartily at our collective misfortune.)
I'll announce the winner on Thursday, August 24. Have fun!