Archive for November, 2008

A Riddle

Posted on November 29, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

When does “I’ll help you Mommy” sound like a threat?

When it comes from your 3 year old wanting to help you fold laundry after she’s just finished eating chocolate.

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Prefer the Wine, but I’ll Dish the Wine

Posted on November 22, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

I really try not to complain that often.  I remind myself that someone else always has it worse, and what we’ve got is pretty darn good.  But I have to say, it seems like a lot of other couples get to go out a lot more than we do.  We’re self-confessed home bodies, so for the most part, we don’t care.  But when we do make plans to go out, I’d actually like to get to do it.

We were supposed to be going a “progressive” wine tasting event at a local outdoor mall to support the local MS Society.  Each store gives you a taste and an appetizer.  Sounds fun right?  Then illness struck.  First ChickenFried showed signs with nasty green boogers and a strong cough.  Then Punk.  Then the Big D.  I guess the one upside from all of this is that I haven’t gotten it – oh wait, is that really an upside when everyone is sick but you?  OK — other upside, we still supported the MS Society.

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What’s the diff?

Posted on November 21, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

So, punk comes over by the fire to sit by me and I hear a tell-tale noise.   I say “did you toot?”

Her very serious response…..”no, I farted.”

Well, alright then.

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Kiddo Tip, From the Pro

Posted on November 16, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Sometimes kids know more than parents.  It’s true, and I know you’ve all had moments that make you think the same thing.

So this weekend, Chicken Fried is asking us questions like “what does ‘apt’ stand for?” and “whats our zip code.”  It finally hits us that perhaps we should ask what he is doing.  It was quite simple actually.  He had found a bunch of subscription cards in different magazines and was filling them out.

I then had one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments.  When he was trying to learn his address, why didn’t I have him fill these out.  I’ll need to remember the tip in about a year when we’re working with Punk, but perhaps you can make use of it now.

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Picky, Picky, Picky

Posted on November 8, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Since we have a boy and girl, I often get asked “who’s easier.”  I don’t know if there is really an answer to that but I have to say I’m so happy by son isn’t picky about his clothes.  In fact, there have only been two things I’ve bought for him that he didn’t like.  Our daughter is another story…..and she isn’t even three yet.

A few weeks ago I was getting Punk dressed for the day, she took one look at the cute (I thought) shirt with circles and 3/4 length sleeves and said “no – I don’t like that.”  She had never worn it, how would she know?  So I forced it over her head and she laid on the floor and cried “I don’t like it, I don’t like it” and so on.  Off the shirt came and one of her standard long sleeve t’s went on.  Only then was she happy.  My husband thought it would be hilarious if we tried to put the circle shirt on her every morning to see what would happen.  I went along with it the next morning – I’m a glutten for punishment.  It was at that point she finally revealead her real issue – “I don’t like it.  It’s too small.”  Ahhh — the 3/4 length sleeves were throwing her for a loup.  So, her younger cousin gets a brand new circle shirt.

Her older cousin handed down an adorable sherpa coat for this winter.  Punkdoesn’t like it.  This is a problem because winter is beginning to set in and we’ve had some wind chills lately that deserve wearing a coat.  So, Punk and I went shopping for a different coat, thinking that maybe she didn’t like it because it was brown, had fleece, or who knows what else.  We’ve tried on every coat at every store over the last three days.  She doesn’t like any of them.  I’ve decided she doesn’t like anything bulky, or with a hood.  She doesn’t like footie pj’s, boots, or sweaters of any kind.  I guess she’s destined to spend the winter inside and watch her brother having fun in the snow.

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Painful Lesson

Posted on November 5, 2008. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

We live in the country, and we live in a windy part of the country.  Someday (hopefully sooner than later) we’ll be surrounded by wind farms and not just corn, bean, and cattle farms.  We do battles with the wind on many fronts.  The wind can easily change your plans to grill out.  It can turn a good hair day into a bad hair day…and sometimes vice versa.  And, it can open and close doors with out any help.

We’ve warned the kids to be careful around doors on windy days, and most of the time they are.  Except the split second when Chicken Fried turned to look at Punk, and the wind shut the car door….on his finger.  I was standing at the door looking out at the whole scene and I knew something was wrong when I saw him try to pull his hand away from the door and it wouldn’t move.  Then he bravely opened the door and pulled his hand out.  By that point, I’ve been told my face had turned white and what normally takes 12 steps took about 3. 

I rushed him back into the house and put ice on it.  Luckily, it only caught his pointer finger and his nail took the brunt of it, but my words of “the car door can cut your fingers off” must have been ringing in his head because he looked at me and said “Mommy, what’s going to happen.”  I must have been in one of my kinder moods because instead of teasing him that his finger would fall off, I told him it was just going to hurt for a few days. 

After the first hour, he was pretty brave about the whole thing.  We’ve told him his fingernail will probably fall off so we’re building up how cool that will be when it happens.  And interestingly, he’s being much more careful with the car door.

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