So, last week I explained why I write Manic Monday posts. Just about the time I hit “publish” on the post, the kids gave me a good taste of a real manic Monday.
It started with a puzzle they both were doing. Monkey (our toddler) has a certain piece he likes to put in last – the cow. His sister knows this, but she is 3 1/2, so driving our brother crazy is just starting to be fun… She picked up the cow, which made him beg for it back, “Cow! Cow!” And then she put it n the puzzle board.
Monkey is two, and just starting to really act it. That puzzle got picked up and tossed a foot or two. Peanut immediately started crying.
10 minutes later there was another altercation. This one over some cars they were playing with. I really don’t know what happened, since I was TRYING to put sheets in the washer.
But when I stepped in the room I saw the toddler push the preschooler. (Wow, when did he start doing that?)
Then the preschooler pushed him back, harder. (I’m starting to see where he learned it from…) Of course that meant he had to retaliate. You see where this is going. Mommy stepped in and made everyone hug and say sorry. Then I started to get lunch made.
I was hoping lunch would be the answer. Maybe they were just hungry and needed a break from play.
I slapped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together at super fast speed and interrupted yet another small squabble to get them to the table.
The preschooler gobbled hers up. The two year old’s response? “Dog eat,” and then he dropped a piece to the floor. “Cheese puffs!”
Mommy was NOT happy. I took his plate and put it out of his reach while I went to get his sister’s milk refilled. When I got back I said, “This is your food. You don’t get anything else until YOU eat it. Dog does not eat your food.”
What do you know? He ate it. Well, after a little bribery… “You want a strawberry? You need to eat five bites of your sandwich.”
Eventually one took a nap, and the other had quiet time… I don’t remember what happened after that, but I do know I was pretty happy when the husband came home.
And today? Today’s another Monday… How is your Monday going?