Sunday, March 02, 2008

Exciting parent/child tug of war now with recognisable word!

Domestic incident reported at House of OvaGirl, 1400 hours. Perpetrator is a small brown toddler with extremely cute nose. Incident took the form of an argument between SBT and mother. Mother’s statement follows:

"We had such a good morning, he ate biscuits, toast and avocado and he picked up handfuls of pebbles and threw them onto the courtyard where other customers were eating. And then he played with Claudia on the swings and with George on the slippery dip. And then we came home and he had a sleep and when he woke up the trouble started.

I asked if he wanted his lunch and he seemed agreeable to the idea and then I suggested he might like a sandwich and he said Beans.

I said no, not beans, we had baked beans yesterday and I think it would be best to have a sandwich, or if not possibly some scrambled eggs.

He said Beans, again, immediately, and I felt, well to be honest, threatened. It wasn’t what he said, it was the tone he used. So I just said Sandwich, you know, to call his bluff, and he said straightaway Beans! and this time there was definitely a threatening tone and I got annoyed and I said Sandwich! just that bit louder and he yelled BEANS!

And now he sort of stamped his feet and I said Sandwich!

And he shouted BEANS about three times, BEANS BEANS BEANS and then he rolled about on the floor and screamed and his face turned red and I said calmly that he better watch out because if the wind changes his face would stay like that and he just screamed BEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAANS! BEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAANNS!

No I didn’t respond to this, I don’t think it’s helpful. I mean, I'm the adult here, not him, I'm the one with the control in this situation. I just let him scream away and very calmly and firmly got his lunch ready.

And I think all that rolling and shouting really worked up an appetite because he sat properly in his chair and ate quite nicely and obviously enjoyed his baked beans very much."

13 comments:

Mima said...

LOL, just frightened my carer by bursting into laughter! What a wonderful story, and amazing how much power a very small being can have ....

I'm guessing that this means you have moved fairly & squarely into the next phase - I HAVE AN OPINION AND YOU WILL OBEY! I hope that you find some interesting ways to deal with this, can't wait to hear about some of them!!

Mima said...

I completely forgot to wish you a Happy Mother's Day (it is here, but I have no idea if yours is the same!).

Thalia said...

Hilarious, thank you! Pick your battles, that's what I always say.

Catizhere said...

Oh, That Tricky.

I'm so thankful that Will only wants to EEAAATT? EEAAATT? EEAAATT!! He stands at the highchair rattling the traytop.
He's out little garbage-disposal. Whatever "nasty" thing Maggie finds on her plate ie: lima beans, she gives them to Will & he happily scarfs them down.
Besides, BEANS!! are a good source of protein.

LL said...

bah hahahahahahaha!
He got you good!

(err, I know the feeling!)

Maggie May said...

Oh, you didn't give in! You have set the ball rolling now!

Vacant Uterus said...

LOL!!

Lin said...

Good for you for giving in. I always reckon someone so short has so little power that it's best to let them win some battles...even though you did give it the old college try! HAH!

Lindsey said...

hilarious. :)

Mr Farty said...

I totally didn't see that coming! Nice.

Anonymous said...

Beans beans the musical fruit/Your toddler will holler/You'll think it is cute/But once he gets his way with beans/He'll just throw more tantrums and you know what that means... You're screwed!

pixi said...

OMG, so funny!

Nic said...

Absolutely hysterical. And I challenge anyone to find a parent of a child this age who has not gone through the exact same thing with the exact same ending. Or is that just me trying to make myself feel better?

What, you want nothing but cheese for supper? I guess it's better than nothing, right? RIGHT?