Better Idea

We inflated a couple of balloons for the kids to bat around earlier in the day.  And so the batting commenced.

Some time later Aaron angrily comes from the other room, clutching his balloon, telling me that “Maddie’s hitting my balloon.”  I want him to handle it himself, so I say, “Tell her, ‘Stop it Maddie.'”

He begins to head off.  Then he stops, and sees Maddie’s balloon is in this room.  He takes a minute trying to hold his balloon while picking up her balloon.  He looked like the bear gathering fish in Disney’s The Jungle Book, as one balloon would squeeze out when he grabbed the other.  He eventually succeeds, though.

So he goes back to the other room precariously holding both balloons and says, “Here’s your balloon, Maddie.  You hit your balloon.”

My son, the conflict resolver.  So much for his dad’s stupid advice.

3 thoughts on “Better Idea

  1. WOW! THAT IS SOOO COOL! I WISH THAT MY SISTER COULD DO SUMMIN LIKE THAT INSTEAD OF BEIN A BITCH ALL THE TIME!

  2. We want to teach our children to resolve their issues by offering them solutions and then hoping they learn to think of a similar resolution for a similar problem. However, sometimes we don’t get exactly what they want and we offer solutions that are not wrong, but not exactly right. It’s like the story of the truck that won’t go under the overpass by one inch. Everyone watching offers solutions, how the cargo section could be bent down, how another truck could come and they could transfer the cargo. Then a child speaks and says why can’t you let some air out of the tires. Another case of why didn’t I think of that?

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