I hope my child looks back on today, and remembers a Mum who had time to play
There will be years for cleaning and cooking, but children grow up when we are not looking
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, cause babies grow fast, much to our sorrow
So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep
(Song for a Fifth Child)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Rational Toddler

Dear June Bug,

Let's review some basics:

"But I'm awake" is not a valid reason to not go to bed. That's what we do. We go to bed awake, shut our eyes and fall asleep. It's brilliant. Try it.

No you do not need another bib because the one you insisted on wearing got food on it. That's the point of the bib that really you only wear because your sister wears one.

Remember those sandals that you refused to wear because they were "too tight" and "made hurt in your toes"?  They don't suddenly fit because your sister wants to wear them. Stop trying to cram your feet in them only to cry because they hurt.

I know Lady Bugs loooooooves to instigate. But shoving her down, smacking her and then yelling help is not working. Please ask for help first and give me more than .02 seconds to respond. Thanks.

On the reverse front, throwing yourself on the ground and wailing that Lady Bug pushed you and needs a time out, only works when she's in the same room, preferably near you. When she's napping, I'm never going to fall for it. Ever. And your dramatics need some practice.

Finally, I love how helpful you are. You are a sweet, wonderful boy, but please for the love of all that is holy, stop trying to change your sister's diaper.

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