Monday, December 12, 2011

Sending a 3-year old to his room for punishment

Brother pushes sister, who falls and bangs her head.
Brother sent to room and told to stay there.
When Mommy retrieves brother, he says, "I peed in my bed. You told me I could not leave my room."

Later that day....

Brother pushes sister, who falls and bangs her head.
Brother sent to potty and told to pee.
"I don't have to pee," he says.
"Don't pee in your bed then!" Mommy says, as she sends him to his room.
When Mommy retrieves brother, he says, "I pooped. I did not pee in my bed though."

Hide And Seek

How to play Hide and Seek according to my son:

Him: "Mommy, let's play Hide and Seek."
Me: "Ok."
Him: "I am going to count to ten and then I am going to hide."
Me: "Ok."
Him: (Eyes covered): "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! I am going to go hide under my train table! Come find me!"
Me: "Ok."
Him: "Mommy! I am under my train table! You cannot find me! Where am I? I am under here!"

(My role in this game is crucial.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A sentimental one...

Those of you who follow my blog know that my usual posts revolve around a myriad of bodily function-related events with some tantrums thrown in there. However, at this time of year I find myself getting a bit teary-eyed and just plain thankful.

As of late, the biggest "problems" in our house include:

1. Getting our now 3-year old to eat dinner (any of it, even a bite)
2. Getting him to share his piles of toys with his almost 1-year old / almost walking sister who is in his business all day
3. Figuring out where to put the onslaught of new toys / books / stuff coming in to the house since both birthdays and Christmas all fall in the same 6 weeks.

So, to sum up, our "stresses" and "problems" basically fall under the "we have excess in this house and don't know what to do with it" category.

Then I think about children who do not have 4 separate dinner options. They have no dinner option. And I think about children who will not have to worry about where to put all of their new toys on Christmas. They will not receive any toys and there is plenty of space because they do not have any old toys.

And then I sit at night after my well-fed and well-entertained children are in bed and I thank God for my problems.