Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Children are such interesting creatures. Here is a perfect example of this statement. One day my two oldest boys, ages 5 & 3, came running into the house, each with an outstretched arm saying, "Mom! Mom! Look what we found." And what were they proudly displaying for their mother, garden slugs. You would have never guessed from the grins on their faces that they had slimy slugs, antlers waiving about, crawling up their arms. My boys' faces beaming with pride.
Contrast that moment with lunch time just two days later. The three year old had spilled some of his noodles on the floor. As I asked him to pick them up he began crying with a very worried look on his facing saying, "But it's so squishy mommy!"
Often times as a parent our children react to certain situations in a way that is completely illogical.
Slugs = okay
noodles = NOT okay
mom = very confused
The best way I have found to avoid these confusing breakdowns is to be prepared. Whether it's a secret stash of fruit leather in my bag or a few "on the spot" fun games to play in the check-out line. When my children are engaged in something of interest to them they are happy, which makes mom & dad happy which helps me stay calm and say with a smile "THAT is a very cool slug, tell me all about him!"
What crazy things do your kids do?
Posted by curley girley at 3:19 PM