Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sometimes It Really Is That Easy

One perk of parenthood is the constant flattery. From the perspective of my children, my knowledge is vast, my problem-solving skills immense.

Take, for instance, this morning. I was trying to read some blogs and drink my coffee in peace, but an escalating clamour from the living room finally drew my attention.

“No, I don’t want that!” Pie wailed.

“No! That is for you!” Bub shot back.

I wandered in to see what was going on. The children were shoving a book back and forth, reaching higher levels of frustration with each shove. I stepped in.

“Do you want this book?” I asked the Pie.

“No.”

“Do you want this book?” I asked Bub.

“No.”

“Okay. I’m putting it on the shelf.”

Stunned silence. From the relieved expressions on their faces, I’m assuming neither of them had thought of that solution.

*****

Have you voted yet today? My hold on second-last place grows more tenuous every time I check. Keep up the good fight!

43 comments:

Jenifer said...

You are still in second last place, I just voted.

This was a funny story. I love that look on their faces when they realize there is a whole other way of doing something.

Terri said...

Just so you know, I'm doing my part to keep you in second to last place.

Suki said...

Sweet! :)
Voting now. :P

Julie Pippert said...

That's funny! I so prefer that fight to what I encounter more often, which is both want it right then LOL.

GL to you!!!

Julie
Using My Words

Suz said...

I've voted and I've been voting! Good luck!!

Mary Joan Koch said...

I am voting every day.

Enjoy being the fount of wisdom. That period lasts a shorter time with each subsequent child. One of the joys of grandmotherhood is a brief return of that status.

Mad Hatter said...

Let me get this straight. You can blog and drink coffee while your children play in another room? Seriously? Shit.

I cannot blog when I am with my daughter. She sticks to me like fly paper. "No computer! No computer!" Sure, I can sneak out for a comments check if she's watching a DVD but I had best be back in 1 minute flat or there is hell to play. Am I the only mother with a child who WILL NOT play alone and WHO MUST touch me every moment we are together?

DaniGirl said...

Hey Mad, why do you think we're aiming for THREE kids? Not so much because we love the little darlings, but so they can distract each other enough to leave us in peace for a minute!

Gwen said...

Danigirl beat me to it. I have actually said out loud to my children that I had two of them so they could play with each other instead of me. (B&P should make sure never to put any of my advice in her parenting book.) But the bickering, oy! the bickering!

b*babbler said...

Uh oh... tied for second-to-last-place (like that positive spin on things?)

I'm definitely with Mad... Peanut loves to do the drive-by smash the keyboard with her tiny fists if she catches me typing. The computer is so! Much! More! Interesting! Than! Toys!

Beck said...

I'm voting for you - and like they say about the Oscars - it's an honour just to be nominated.

radical mama said...

Yes, I love the infinite wisdom we possess when our children our young. Now that A is 6, however, she knows EVERYTHING. And I am just a stupid woman who gets in her way. Good times.

Jess said...

That's adorable. Also, I just voted--you are tied for second-last place and someone is definitively in last-place by themselves, and someone else is only just barely in front of you. So a few more votes could push you into fourth-last place. Make everyone keep voting!

Loganator's Mom said...

Now see... after I put the book away my child would then want it.

Mary Joan Koch said...

My 6-month-old grandson has already realized that computers, remote controls, and cellphones hold the secrets of the universe. He is on the verge of crawling, and I can see him compiling a list of future targets.

In many ways having several children is easier if you can stand the bickering.

Erin said...

HAHA! That is seriously funny. You know what power I always thought my Mom had? To find something that was missing. She was amazing! She always knew where everything was.

winslow1204 said...

Isn't it nice when we get a queit moment.. oh wait, we don't get those often!

Cyndi said...

I think you were third from last when I voted.

Kyla said...

You know, KayTar NEVER puts things down. She has to hand it to someone else. Crazy, eh? We're working on that right now. She is a little wary, though. LOL.

bubandpie said...

Mad - Dani, Gwen, and MJ all got there before me, but yes - that's the huge perk of having a second child. Bub, of course, has never been one to demand attention (at least, not since he became able to locomote himself over the toy he wants to play with). Pie might well have been, though - but from earliest infancy, most of her attention has always been focused on her brother.

LM - I'll admit, I didn't think it was going to work. That's what made me laugh: they really were fighting solely because they just wanted to get rid of that darned book.

Luisa Perkins said...

Voting as often as they'll let me....

WONDERWOMAN said...

Wow, you're like King Solomon.

by the way I just voted for you

flutter said...

Everyday, love.

painted maypole said...

you're up to THIRD last place now! :)

Mimi said...

Wow. You really are clever :-)

Mouse said...

I wish all problems were solved that easily.

Angela said...

How could I not vote on election day? And plus? Voting for you is ever so much more rewarding than voting for the people who are running for local office in these parts.....

Don Mills Diva said...

I voted!

Don Mills Diva said...

BTW I also tagged you as a thank-you for so many enjoyable posts -

http://donmillsdiva.blogspot.com/2007/11/deep-thoughts.html

thirtysomething said...

Hey! I see you won in the category of best parenting blog on Blogher. Congratulations! Well-deserved.

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I love it!

Amanda said...

Peacekeeper and second to last place holder.

JLow said...

Fighting for NOT wanting an item- that's gotta be a first!

The main reason why we are having a second child (due in mid-Jan) is for companionship for the first one. Wifey & I have only-child friends; one of them is "alone" now since both parents died.. We too have siblings, so, at least for me, it's a lot more fun than being "alone".

As someone's already commented, I too cannot work on my laptop without 3 yr old Caitlin clambering on my lap asking to play the online Pocoyo games. I either have to surrender to this, or find something really interesting for her on tv- some recorded shows, discs of her fave shows or home movies (that's another topic altogether, on narcissism... is that how it's spelled?)

Stimey said...

Hilarious. Nothing like hanging out with little kids to make you feel super smart!

I voted for you today. Yay for Bub and Pie!

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Patois said...

Are you available to solve the Middle East crisis? How about nukes in Iran? War in Iraq?

Patois said...

P.S. You're in third last place just now. And I can vote again in three more hours!

Alpha DogMa said...

Soloman's got nothing on you babe.

the dragonfly said...

That is great. Don't you love knowing everything? ;)

Lawyer Mama said...

You're in third to last place now! WOOOOOHOOOOO!

mamakie said...

Love it. Doesn't it make you feel good when your solution is an easy one.

I'm doing my part to vote too....you're in solid 2nd last place! Congrats on the nomination.

kittenpie said...

This sounds like something I'd have to break up in the library.

JCK said...

I'm doing my part, too!

You stunned them with your brilliance. I love it.