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It’s Ilegal For A Reason!

8 Jun

Would you leave your 4 year old at home watching TV if you just had to run across the street for a minute? What if it was down the block? What if your toddler was sleeping and you had to go a few blocks to pick up your other kid at school?
I was standing in front of my 5 year old’s school talking to the other Mothers, while we waited for the kids to get out of class. My friend JL was complaining how she hates having to wake her two year old from his nap to come to school to pick up her Kindergartener. when one of the other Mom’s chimed in, “When my son was a baby I used to just leave him at home while I went the two blocks to get my older kids.” JL and I both just stared at her, blinking, trying not to look like we were shocked. Then another Mom in the group added, “I’ve done it before, but quickly of course.”
JL and I both gave each other a wide eyed look and I knew what we were both thinking….

I’m sorry, but has the whole world gone mad?! You can’t leave your infants and toddlers home alone people! I don’t care if you live just across the street or if your angel hates to be woken from his afternoon siesta. I don’t care if you have supersonic hearing and go-go gadget arms, do not leave your child home alone. I know how painful it is to wake a sleeping baby, I get how much worse it is still to wake a slumbering toddler. Is it not common sense that you can’t leave the house without your kid? What if there is an earthquake, a fire, an intruder? What if the one time you decide to leave is the one time your 2 year old decides to climb out of his crib and walk out the front door?

I am not usually the crazy ranting rule following safety freak Mom. I don’t gasp when my kids fall down, or freak out if they eat some sand. I even let them solve their own disagreements on the playground (unless blood is involved.) But this leaving kids at home nonsense is, well, nonsense. Be creative people, there has got to be another way. Take turns with another Mom in the neighborhood picking up the older kids from school. Ask Grandma or currently unemployed cousin Harold to stop by a couple days a week. For G-D’s sake nobody loves a sleeping child more than I do, but it’s just not worth it.


Have you done it? Would you do it? Am I being neurotic?

She’s going to end up in therapy anyways…

15 May

I know that labeling and comparing children is wrong. I went to college, I took Psychology classes and I get the basics on how to screw a kid up. I’m going to go ahead and label and compare my twins anyways. TR is totally and completely defiant and mischievous. She goes above and beyond your average two year old limit testing on a regular basis. It’s as if she has this side to her that just has to mess with the adults in her life. She doesn’t just throw her food off her high chair tray to see what happens like her brother does. TR will specifically request oatmeal or bananas and blueberries just so she can smush it all in her hair and then fling it all across the room. As the other two kids get wide eyed and let out big UH-OHS! All you hear from little Miss T are her giggles of self satisfaction.
At the playground we go to every morning there is a large opening with a drop that scares the daylights out of me. I have trained the twins to not go near the opening because it is dangerous. J steers clear of it at all costs, but not my 21 pound angel. Every chance she gets she will grab my attention as she dangles her body over the edge while hysterically laughing. She will even yell out to me, “Other way?” Yes, other way, you damn well know your supposed to go the other way because this way freaks Mommy out. But you know that don’t you little girl. I might as well dye her hair purple and pierce her nose now.
TR also has a special capacity for intense volume. By that I mean she can scream louder than any human child on the planet. If you don’t believe me then I dare you to take her to the Coffee Bean and refuse to buy her a chocolate milk. My oldest daughter was a screamer and a vomiter so I’m no sissy when it comes to evil glares from strangers. But when TR decides to flex her vocal pipes it’s quite a display.
Since I’ve already labeled her and compared her to her twin I’m going to go ahead and predict what she will be when she grows up.

I’m going to go with a) an Opera Singer b) The President of the United States c) My Clone


We’re you labeled as a kid? Did it stick?

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