Every Day is Opposite Day

Why do our kids insist on doing the opposite of what we ask them to do?!

“Shut the door.”
The door stays open.
“Open your door.”
The door stays shut.

Going a little nutso here. Advice welcome.

“Stop yelling.”
They get louder.
“Speak up!”
They speak quieter.

We’ve run the gamut of “suggestions,” with our fair share of wheeling and dealing, whispering and yelling, rewards, time out, and groundings. Same results, nada, for years.

“Turn the TV off.”
The TV is on.

I’m not talking about the occasional butting of heads. I’m talking about exactly the same conflicts in our house every single day.

“Put your backpack in your room, not in the foyer like a trap!”
Backpack? Right there in the foyer.

Seriously, we’re open to suggestions. E-mail me.