March 17, 2010

Reverse Psychology

Our little Megan is charming and sweet, but she can also be a little contrary.  Her contrary nature makes her the prime candidate for reverse psychology. 

The perfect example was picture day in the second grade.  I wanted Megan to wear a cute blue blouse.  I washed it and pressed it, but then hesitated.  I knew if I directly asked her to wear it, she would refuse.  Instead I got Rachel as an accomplice and we formulated a plan.  I told Rachel to take the blouse into Megan and say... 

"Megan, you can wear anything you want to picture day, but you can NOT wear this blouse because it was my special blouse and I wore it in my pictures and I don't want you to wear it too!!"

Megan's response was to grab the blouse away and declare, 
"You can't tell me what to do!  I am going to wear this blouse!"

And she did.

On her birthday this last Thursday, she was at it again.  Without thinking, I told her that she wasn't allowed to do any work.  Well, she wouldn't hear of it.  The minute I denied her the privilege of manual labor, she jumped right into the chores:  
setting the table, helping with dinner, and cleaning the kitchen.
 What a kid!

We Love You Megan!!  
Happy Birthday!
(Or, I should say: "Whatever you do, Megan, don't have a happy birthday!)

p.s. I think this breaks my posting record for amount of exclamation marks in one post.


  1. Sneaky! I'm going to have to try this on my kids.

  2. That's awesome! You tricked her into doing work on her birthday, that's doubly awesome! We love you too Megan, happy b-day!

  3. Makes me wish for a contrary kid!

  4. that is genius about the blouse!!!! LOL. too funny!

  5. what a nice girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if she's going to be contrary at least she's consistent about it.

  6. Hilarious! I've got to come up with a new word because I say that every time, but it's true. I LOVE reading your stories. I can't get over Andrew. He is definitely one of a kind.

  7. Haha! I love that you got her to wear the blouse on picture day. Does this mean she'd be totally agreeable on opposite day?

  8. That is not true! I just felt like working! I was in a good mood!