Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Sibling dynamics

It's so not fair for Sari. She's at an age when hearing "I won't be your friend if you won't let me have your (insert toy/candy/article of interest)" from Mordechai leaves her with no be'chira (choice). Meanwhile, she could say the same thing and Mordechai responds with a shrug and a smirk. It irks me so. And I hate when Mordechai devises a "trade" agreement to swindle her out of her property. I've instituted a no-trades-allowed-without-maternal-approval rule which also includes an all-trades-can-be-reversed-if-regretted clause. Is that silly of me? I'm just trying to level the playing field.

Speaking of little parenting questions, let me run this one by you. Say, for example, Mordechai wants to lie down in Daddy's bed. If he gets permission, then everyone wants to lie in Daddy's bed. (Yes, this does get ridiculously out of hand too many a time. I told Dovid this was going to happen years ago.) So sometimes he asks if he can go to Dad's bed after the girls fall asleep. Since this is really not a problem for Dad, it seems like the perfect solution. Obviously, though, there is that element of deceit. So, good or no good? Or how 'bout the simple, "You can have another cookie but don't let Ada see it."? (Ack! What is up with that punctuation? I'll research it some other time when I get a round tuit.)


Ari said...

hi Mrs. may... it's me ari!
I don't think it's such a great idea for someone Mordechai's age to go to your room. After awhile it will feel like his room and he'll go there whenever he feels like it.

oh my sister has a funny story about baby k d:
This morning I was playing with K D. I was planning on changing her diaper (which I thought was just wet) before putting her down for a nap, but apparently that wasn't fast enough for K D. So she managed to wiggle out of her pants leg. When she finally succeeded freeing herself from the shackles of her pants, she gave herself a round of applause. Then she started trying undoing her diaper! At this point I got the hint and went to get her a new diaper. Lo and Behold, she had a dirty one!

Juggling Frogs said...

I think the sibling dynamics question and the punctuation question are related: Everyone wonders, everyone stresses, but in the end, it probably doesn't matter, as long as you're consistent!

I just found this blog (through a comment you wrote in my friend, CrunchyGranolaMom's blog), and I love your voice and your positive attitude and your very cute kids.