Thursday, January 31, 2008

Twins: Mom said so. Therapist: Oh really?

I heard someone on Oprah say that as parents, we write on the slate of our children’s lives.
If that’s the case, someone hand me an eraser.
Although the holidays are passed, I’m still in a tailspin and my kids are paying the price, especially my twin sons. I’ve spread myself a little thin lately.
If I’m not more careful, my lack of attention to detail and lack of judgment are going to land us all in therapy. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

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  1. Oh I'm nervous for my twin boys to be 9....though I'll never be as quick or imaginative as you, so maybe I won't have to worry too much;)

  2. My sister used to tell me I was a robot, and the reason I went to bed earlier than anyone else in the family (she's 5 years older) was so they could recharge my batteries. She also told me we were President Reagan's illegitimate granddaughters, and that if I ever told anyone he'd be killed. I thought I'd caused his shooting at age 6 because I told a bully at school my 'secret.' Big Sis also used to help me "hide" in the closet, then close the door and say "I'll go count to 10 and come find you." Oh, and she'd have me climb under baby brother's crib, drop the side to the ground, feed me bread and water, and call it "playing jail" when she was supposed to be babysitting me. Strangely enough, those WEREN'T the things I ended-up talking about in therapy decades later. So, your boys will be fine.

  3. I thought your microchip story was just plain brilliant...and hilarious! Who knew it would make your son cry? But the big loving hug from you, and the sweet gestures you did throughout the day will surely be remembered in his heart. You're such a good mom! :)

  4. I loved your column. Goodness you are quick!!! The batteries needing to be recharged was hysterical. I highly doubt you scarred them for life. I agree with nancyface--you are a great mom.

  5. I give you an 'A' for creativity. I think playful teasing and joking with kids is a good thing (spoken just like Martha).

    My 9 year old son cries more and is way more sensitive than my 7 year old twin girls. It is often hard to know exactly what will make him laugh and what will make him cry. I have had to make it up to him more than once for saying something that made him cry. In the end he is learning what it means to have a sense of humor and to let things roll of his back. Because life is too short to be so serious all the time.

    For the record, our tooth fairy has been known to not show up if it is too snowy, too cold, too hot, too windy, too whatever we can think of at the moment. Your excuse was brilliant, I may have to borrow it!

  6. We haven't needed the tooth fairy in a while. But once after nights and nights of no tooth fairy, the shower fairy showed up. You know, the tooth fairy that comes when your kid is in the shower?

  7. "Mama, are those my teeth in your underwear drawer???"

    Have you ever heard that one?

  8. b- Funny you mentioned that. They did find their teeth in my drawer, but didn't question it when I told them that the Tooth Fairy gave them to me so I could always remember how little they were once.

    I can't count on them to be this trusting for that long.

  9. You are so creative. I wish I could think on my feet like that.

  10. You are so convincing.
    Had you told me the exact same thing I'd totally believed you.

    "What I lack in promptness, I make up for in creativity."

  11. My husband thinks I'm weird because I keep their teeth. I am so glad I am not the only one.

  12. That will the last time they ever tell you that their heads or anything else is beeping.

    I read your article to El Jefe he thought it was hilarious.


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