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He Did WHAT? How To Hurt Your Author Mommy

I’m learning that the end of the school year marks some behavior issues. I remember my own experiences in Kindergarten, but I don’t remember the last few weeks of it or how it felt if I understood that I was going to spend the summer without going to school every morning.

I honestly would have been pleased as punch to continue attending Kindergarten.

Can someone please pass me the purple glitter?

Maybe it’s in the air. Maybe it’s because he’s a boy. But William seems to realize that he’s got the full summer ahead and he’s already acting out on it like a high school kid – except with a Kindergarten brain.

Wait. There’s a difference?

William usually is a pretty well-behaved kid. He is generally in the “green light” most of the time, though sometimes he nudges his way into the “yellow light.” But we all have off days now and then. Imagine my horror, when I picked William up from school and he said, “I had a bad day.”

“What happened?” Did I really want to know?

“I was in the ‘red light.’”

Disappointment washed over me. So much for Little Hands play café tonight. “Why?”

“I ripped up my teacher’s book.”

I instantly remembered a little girl I used to play with when I was about William’s age. For fun, she would pull all the books from her bookshelves and roughly toss them on the floor. I remember being horrified even at the age of five. (I also, in reference to William’s statement, had a fleeting thought of “The Breakfast Club” when a Moliere work was destroyed and telling myself, “It’s just a prop. It’s just a prop.”)

In William’s defense, he is a very sensitive kid. We have a book of watered down Grimm fairy tales that are “too scary” for him. About a week before this incident with his teacher, he had ripped the blank paper from the front of the Grimm book, because he needed something to write on. When I confronted him about it, he said, “But I don’t like that book anyway. It’s too scary.” We spent the next several minutes discussing why you don’t destroy books simply because you don’t like them.

Maybe there was something about his teacher’s book that he just didn’t like.

But that’s no excuse to destroy it.

I would hate to think someone would want to literally destroy a book I wrote simply because they didn’t like it. I was so disappointed in him.

And I told him so.

I told him that I still loved him very much, but that I couldn’t be proud of him because of what he did. And it seriously made me sad. He cried – and I almost cried right along with him.

Instead of going to Little Hands, which is a great treat for the boys once or twice a week, we went to the bookstore to replace his teacher’s book. We couldn’t find the one that he had destroyed, so we looked for something that addressed the behavior. There were several nice books on being responsible and respectful, but most were for older readers. Then we found this little gem.

William is quick to find an excuse for his behavior. So it was nice that “It Wasn’t My Fault” addressed this issue and showed that even if it isn’t really your fault, you can help to fix this situation and turn it into something nice. Though, in this case, he understood that it really was his fault but he was giving his teacher a nice new book to fix the problem.

And he understands that the money spent on the book will not be spent for his upcoming birthday. 😉

In the end, he really enjoyed the book we bought, and I think we’ll be seeing fewer books destroyed from here on out. At least from William anyway.

*sigh* Here’s to more “green lights” and reasons to be proud of him in the future.

In other news, for those who haven’t yet followed my Facebook page, I got the COVER ART for The Stone of Kings! 😀 They did a fantastic job! I can hardly wait to show it off! 😀

Have your children done something to disappoint you? Do they sometimes seem to work completely against what you work for? How do you handle it?

 

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Friday Fun

Friday Fun! Busy!

Whew! Between car repair, computer repair, and other issues (which I may write about for Monday’s post), I’m afraid that not much significantly funny happened this week. Though I was probably too busy to notice. But here’s what kept me amused amid the chaos. 😉

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We took the boys to the children’s museum where there is a play grocery store. Charlie pushed his cart up to a set of shelves and pulled a box down. Then he used his finger to “read” the ingredients to make sure it was “gluten-free.” It was very surreal for me to see him do that! I had no idea he was paying that close attention to me!

Charlie – Age 4

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I made pasta with marinara for William’s afterschool “snack.” He ate THREE helpings. Then, five minutes after everything was cleaned up, he asked, “May I have a cheeseburger?”

*face palm*

William – Age 5

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun! Budding Authors

Charlie’s current favorite toys are Jack (a Jack in the box), and Elephant (a stuffed elephant that plays Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star when you pull it’s tail). If you ask him, Charlie will happily give a character analysis of both Jack and Elephant:

“Jack is a little shy. That’s why he likes to hide in his box. But he still likes to sing Pop Goes the Weasel. But Elephant is very friendly. He’s my sweet little guy.”

When Jack and Elephant ride with Charlie in the car, Jack hides in the back with Charlie, but Elephant likes to drive up front with Mommy.

Charlie – Age 4

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William and I go over his schoolwork, and sometimes we run across a word he’s written and neither one of us can figure it out. He’ll make up the word it looks like and it might be something like, “ampilo.”

“What’s ‘ampilo?'” I’ll ask.

He’ll come up with something equally creative (but usually requires transformation), like, “Oh, it’s a car that can turn into a dinosaur.”

William – Age 5

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Charlie will build a train track and play “accidents happen.” If I’m busy on the computer he’ll build it on the floor close to me and it’s my job to react excitedly over and over if one of the tracks is “broken.” Charlie will narrate if the workers have fixed it or not. Then I’m to react with relief.

This can go on for hours. 😉

Charlie – Age 4

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Again, with the train narrations:

Sometimes, Charlie and I will play trains after having watched an episode of Dora the Explorer. When the train gets too close to the “broken” track or the end of the track, Charlie instructs me, “You have to say “stop” in Spanish, Mommy!”

The first time he did that, I had to scramble to remember, “¡Alto!” Though, I suppose I could have said “¡Pare!” 😀

Charlie – Age 4

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun: How To Effectively Delay Bedtime

"I had a hard day at the office..."
“I had a hard day at the office…”

William likes to read a young children’s version of Spiderman stories to help him go to sleep. I like them too because we’ve read them over and over so he tends to zone out and fall asleep faster. This week he wanted to read a particular story which had Dr. Connors in it and explained all about how he turned into The Lizard while trying to regrow his missing arm. A missing arm…there’s a way for a 5-year-old to go off on a tangent and delay sleep.

“Why is he missing his arm?” William asked.

“I don’t know,” I said. “Maybe he was born without it. Maybe he lost it in a car accident. Maybe he was a soldier and lost it during a battle with a bad guy.”

“Like the soldiers at the hospital!”

“Yeah,” I said, remembering that Daddy had recently taken him to the opening of the new wing of the VA hospital. “Those soldiers were very brave, weren’t they?”

“Yes. Some of them were missing their legs too.”

I didn’t want him to think that joining the military meant that you were doomed to lose a limb, so I said, “You know, Daddy was a soldier too. He was in the Army.”

“Did he shoot the bad guy?”

“No, his unit never went to battle when he was there. But he was ready in case they needed him.”

William sat up and gave me a big smile with wide eyes. “Here’s the story of what I think Daddy did: I think Daddy captured the bad guy and the bad guy saw that he was wrong. So he put on a better uniform and fought with Daddy and became a good guy!”

With all due respect to Stan Lee, the Spiderman story seemed to pale after William’s heroic and imaginative tale of what his Daddy did while in the Army. 🙂 It was also one of the few times that I didn’t get annoyed that William found a way to delay sleep. ❤

 What are some of the ways your kids put off going to sleep?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun! Choices

“Everyday is Mother’s Day for me. Because I love you, Mommy!”

Melt my heart! ❤

William – Age 5

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Charlie spotted his new shoes that we bought for him. “I want to wear my new shoes!” he said.

“No, honey,” I said. “Those are your dress shoes. You can wear them on Sunday.”

“Is it Sunday?”

“No, yesterday was Sunday.”

“Is it yesterday?”

Charlie – Age 4

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Jamie has recently had a full cast on his leg because he broke it while in a bounce house. After it was taken off, he still wasn’t very steady walking on that leg. When my sister picked him up from his day school, Jamie was at the far end of the playground. When his friends noticed that his mommy was ready to take him home, they helped him to her. They were all girls. Lots of girls. They made such a fuss over him, my sister said that it was like her son had his own private entourage to escort him to her.

And he was milking it.

Jamie – Age 2

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William’s school was doing a small fundraiser with a local ice cream shop one evening. It was the evening that I usually take the boys to Lil’ Hands (a cafe with a kids play center). I told William that he needed to choose between going to Lil’ Hands or going for ice cream. He looked at me very seriously and said (with an air of someone choosing between two luxury cars), “This is a hard decision!”

He picked ice cream.

William – Age 5

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun! A Mixed Bag :)

It’s the simple things sometimes which amuse me the most. I always giggle when Charlie calls insistently for William’s attention because he still doesn’t quite pronounce his l’s properly. “Way-yum!” 😀

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“I’m a frog lover.”

William – Age 5

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From my sister 🙂 :

Jamie was watching mommy put on deodorant and he said, “Mommy tickle.” And then giggled. That little boy cracks me up!

Jamie – Age 2

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Heard from the closed bathroom door, by an impatient kid who merely wanted to get back to playing:

“Come on, poop!”

Charlie – Age 4

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This has nothing to do with the boys, but I just thought it was cute:

I saw something funny one morning in my neighborhood. A lone duck was running along the sidewalk as fast as his stubby legs could carry him. It looked as though he had decided he was too fat and needed to go for a jog.

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids, or animals, say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun! Secrets…

 

Charlie comes up to me with his Thomas the Tank Engine alphabet puzzle box. He says, “I got a surprise for you, Mommy. It’s a secret.”

I open the box and act shocked to find the puzzle pieces inside.

A few moments later, he comes up to me with one of his bins full of toys. “I got another surprise for you, Mommy. It’s not a secret.”

“It’s not a secret?” I ask.

He shakes his head.

“Is it because it doesn’t have a lid like the puzzle box?”

“Yep!”

Charlie – Age 4

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I kept the boys out by myself Tuesday night at Lil’ Hands Play and Party, so that hubby could paint the kitchen. Our house, when we bought it, came with flat paint on all the walls, which is a bad choice if you have little boys because it doesn’t clean. I was talking to the boys about Daddy painting while we were on our way home, and this is a comment I heard as we got out of the car.

“I can’t wait to see the kitchen… and I’m hungry.”

William – Age 5

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Toddler word of the day: “nokay”. A response to a question which always starts with “no” (because that is our favorite word these days) but changes mid-response because maybe a cookie (or ball or whatever) doesn’t sound so bad after all…

Jamie – Age 2

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During the polar vortex this past winter, it got cold enough here in Florida for my next door neighbor to run his snow machine. 🙂 The boys had been used to the “snow” machines at Busch Gardens and other places that blow out tiny bubbles that look like snowflakes when they fall. When they ran out to play in our neighbor’s real snow, William bent down and scooped up a big handful. He said with utter surprise, “It’s cold!”

William – Age 5

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun! Cousins!

"Don't you just love my artwork Mommy? It's right there on the kitchen floor where you'll always see it! I used a new medium too, isn't it nice?"
“Don’t you just love my artwork Mommy? It’s right there on the kitchen floor where you’ll always see it! I used a new medium too, isn’t it nice?”

This week I’d like to introduce my fun little nephew, Jamie. Even though distance separates him from his cousins, you would think he spent everyday playing with William and Charlie because he can be just like them. ❤

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We have wood floors on our first floor, so after hubby gets home the boys will hop on a blanket and expect Daddy to drag them around the house. My sister and Jamie came to stay with us for a few days last autumn and, of course, Jamie joined in on the fun. My sis said that when they got back home (they also have wood floors on their first floor), Jaime hopped on a blanket and said, “Again?” I can imagine that my brother-in-law was a bit confused because they hadn’t done anything with that blanket the first time. 😀

Jamie – Age 1

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This past week, William had a pretty high fever and lay on the couch all day. I kept telling Charlie he had to leave William alone so that he could rest. The next day he still was running a low fever so I kept him home from school again but he was well enough to get up and play. When he asked Charlie with help building a train track set, he got upset when Charlie wanted to build with blocks instead.

His reasoning went like this, “But you have to help me! I have a fever so you have to do what I want!”

Good thing his little brother is good at grounding him to the way the world really works. 🙂

William – Age 5

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Copied (with permission) from my sister’s Facebook page:

My 2 year old son just held my face in his little hands, looked me directly in the eye and said, “You understand?” Then finished our very serious conversation with a sweet kiss. I love that little boy!!

Jamie – Age 2

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When Charlie is in the middle of eating, he usually makes a specific request, and for a while I was the only one who recognized his words. He says exactly the same thing in exactly the same hurried way. “May I have some milk and water please?” And it wouldn’t be complete without the little pop of his lips in a kiss at the end.

Charlie Age 3-4

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

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Friday Fun! The Joys of Pizza

I now have regular bouquets of these cute little "yard weeds." The best part about them? The boys pick this particular kind for me because they know purple is my favorite color. <3
I now have regular bouquets of these cute little “yard weeds.” The best part about them? The boys pick this particular kind for me because they know purple is my favorite color. ❤

I think I’m ready to start blogging on a regular basis again. The stress of the last several months has been… well, I’m still thankful I don’t have it as bad as others. Good thing I’m blessed with these two little darlings to pick me up now and then. 🙂

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We went to Orlando for spring break and spent one of our days at Sea World because we got a great discount on the tickets. On our way back to the hotel that night, I asked William, “Did you have a good time today?”

He jumped up and said, “Yes!”

“What was your favorite part?”

He looked up pensively for a moment before he said, “The pizza we had for lunch!”

Um, yeah, the boys eat pizza at least once a week. Maybe we should have shelled out a bit more for Epcot tickets instead. :/

William – Age 5

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When I grow up I’m going to be an airplane pilot, then a police officer, then a train engineer, then I’ll be a car.

Charlie – Age 4

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While at Sea World, we hung out at the Stingray Lagoon to pet the rays as they swam by. I love rays because they always look happy when you see them from underneath. William, on the other hand, wouldn’t go near the lagoon. When I asked him why, he gave me a terrified look and said, “Because they’re stingrays!”

William – Age 5

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Because of my sensitivity to gluten, we don’t normally bother ordering out for pizza. When it’s on sale and I have plenty of coupons, I’ll fill our freezer full of the store kind. Unfortunately, when it’s on sale, the cheese-only pies usually go first so we end up with a bunch of pepperoni pies. Charlie doesn’t like pepperoni and will pick them off.

One day, I was snacking on the pepperoni that I use when I make gluten free pizza for myself. Guess who was clamoring all over me for more slices of pepperoni? “Charlie,” I said, “I thought you didn’t like pepperoni?”

“I don’t.”

“Then why do you keep eating mine?”

“I like yours.”

Go figure.

Charlie – Age 4

What are some of the awesomely funny/sweet things your kids say and do?

Friday Fun

Friday Fun!

Neverending silliness!
Neverending silliness!

Mommy: Let’s get in the car and have some animal crackers, shall we?

William: I’m not Shallwe, I’m William!

William – age 3

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Lately, Charlie has added a new twist to potty training. We’ll be out somewhere like Monkey Bizness, or at the church building, and suddenly, I’ll realize that I don’t know where he is. But it doesn’t take long to find him. He will have disappeared into the boys bathroom and striped down to go potty by himself. But then he can’t get his training pants back on, so he hangs out in the open bathroom doorway calling for me to help – without a stitch on from the waist down.

Charlie – age 4

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Charlie: I wanna watch the Wizard of Oz!

William: No! It’s too scary!!

Charlie: (looks at his brother and grins): I wanna watch the Wizard of Oz!

William – age 5

Charlie – age 4

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Mommy: Charlie, do you want a biscuit with honey?

Charlie: No. A biscuit with HONEY!

Mommy: So, you want a biscuit with honey?

Charlie: No! A biscuit with HONEY!

Mommy: You want a biscuit with HONEY?

Charlie: Yes!

Apparently, honey is super important and warrants appropriate emphasis.

Charlie – age 2