Is selective hearing and memory a common ailment in small children? Both kids know damn well they don't go into the back room...yet they were both playing back there and throwing used kitty litter into the kittens' water bowl this morning when I caught them. Both kids know that they're not to grab the critters by the neck...yet both have done so, multiple times per critter, since they got up from their naps at 3:00 (and it's just gone ten 'til five, here). Both kids know damn well that they're not to stand on the couch...yet I've had to spank both of them twice today alone for that.
And yes, they know they've done something wrong: both, when caught, run away from where they were caught as fast as they can, as if they think separating themselves from the scene of the incident means they'll not get punished for breaking the rules.
They really don't have many: don't hit/kick/push/bite each other, or the animals; don't pick up the animals by the necks; don't throw screaming temper tantrums; don't stand and/or run on the furniture; don't throw food. Basically, the rules boil down to don't do things that will hurt them, their sibling, or their pets, don't act like a nasty little turd, and don't make messes on purpose. The only spanking offenses are don't hurt yourself or your sibling, or the fourth offense on anything else within a waking period (morning to nap, or nap to bedtime).
Is this normal? Is it normal for kids to earn several spankings on the same offense within the space of about an hour?
What am I doing wrong?
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