Tags: Boys, Family, Germs, Motherhood, Parenting, Poetry, Sharing, Toys
Haiku Friday: His Fair Share
He won’t share his cars
or french fries or magic seeds
or sometimes his hugs.
He won’t share pennies
or the hole puncher or rocks
or roly polies.
But broccoli and peas
and sneezes and fevers? These
are given freely.
What are your children eager to share? What are you eager to return? And are you in the throes of a summer cold, too?
Tags: Challenges, Children, Emotions, Language, Motherhood, Parenting, Relationships, Romania, Tantrums, Toys
I just got out of timeout.
Me, the mommy. In timeout.
It’s just, well, I’d had it. My children refused to clean up their bajillion toys. Again.
They whined. They screeched. They stomped.
So I did, too. I also badgered. Belittled. Said unkind things.
Why can’t you … ? How many times … ? When will you … ?
I’m sure you can fill in those blanks.
I forgot that I’m the one with patience. That I’m the one who teaches them gratefulness and responsibility and manners. That I’m their example.
After, we read stories about Mr. Gronkle and Lowly Worm. We sang You Are My Sunshine and layered the blankets in just the right order. We talked about what had happened.
I sat on the edge of their bed and told them I was sorry and I was going to sit in timeout. Because I had been mean and impatient. And that’s not how we behave in this house.
It’s over now. Their room is clean.
But my conscience isn’t.
Have you ever thrown a parent tantrum? Ever put yourself in timeout? Ever wished you could take back your own words?
Tags: Babies, Children, Fun, Kids, Motherhood, Photography, Play, Smiles, Toys
“Peace begins with a smile.” — Mother Teresa
In what unexpected places do you find smiles? Do you think they’re contagious? And how do your children (and their toys) cheer you up?
See more smiles at Beth’s later this week.
Tags: Babies, Children, Family, Fun, Kids, Photography, Play, Toys, Youth
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” — Satchel Paige
What are the symbols of your childhood? Of your child’s? And how would you answer Paige’s question?
See more youth at Beth’s later this week.
Tags: Birthday, Challenges, Gifts, Kids, Milestones, Parenting, Poetry, Presents, Toys
Haiku Friday: What I Want For My Birthday
By Lollipop | Translated into Haiku by Stacia
A Tinker Bell dress.
A Snow White dress. A Belle dress.
A white wedding dress.
That girl who smells good
With the cat and lemon friend …
Some of that candy
With peanut butter squished in
And orange wrappers.
A “banilla” cake
With Power Puff Girls on it.
A baby sister.
(At least she didn’t
Ask for a pony. Not yet …
There’s always next year.)
Does your child want a pony … or a baby? What’s the most outlandish request you’ve received? And how do children know about toys they’ve never actually touched or seen on television??