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Life With Wee People: Things To Do In 30 Degree Weather...

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

Life With Wee People: Things To Do In 30 Degree Weather...

Did I mention that my kids are crazy? (LOL) It was 30 degrees yesterday and today it is hovering around 28. A normal Mom picking them up from school would have had them in the car like pronto, however, I needed to maintain my leverage with them, so I gave in to the insanity of freezing on a park bench to make them happy. Since I barter all the time when they want to stay outside I saw this as an opportunity to get something I wanted later on and reasoned I could warm them up in measured intervals in the car (LOL).

Ever barter with the learning disabled? They will give you a run for your money (LOL). Black and white is usually black and white to them with no gray areas. You have to be precise. My usual spiel is to make a list of five items because the three year old can hold up his hands and count both sets of fingers. Ten is as long as any list will go with him. Compound sentences are complicated, so you have to keep it short and simple: I do X for you, you do Y for me, then we all get to enjoy Z. A very simple concept and very effective in real life if you care to give it a try. Works like a charm if you give them what they want first and last with all of your stuff sandwiched in the middle (LMAO). A bucket list for the little minions is the stuff daily adventures are made of and we had quite an adventure yesterday (LOL). We plan to pick up where we left off yesterday today since we only had time to do four out of five items...

If you make a promise to a child you should keep that promise. They will remember if you don't follow through. It teaches them it is okay not to follow through. They pay attention to everything we say and do so if you know someone who is learning disabled don't be casual with your lips to them. You should treat them the way you would want to be treated, no matter how young or old.

I am trying to teach my kids how to negotiate and compromise. The park is a classic bargaining chip with my wee people. Friday, they wanted to stay out and play when all I wanted to do was go Christmas shopping. Holy Cow Playground happens to be a very cool and convenient place to play when the shorties get out of school. That would be my leverage point for the rest of the afternoon. :-)

My kids love to play. They do not care if it is raining, snowing, freezing or if the heat can fry an egg. Any wide open space will do. While there, Noah has to get to say, "Holy Cow" at least once before we leave to continue on with our day. I taught him to do that so he could remember the name of the park (LOL). :-)

Yesterday's Holy Cow moment? It was so cold outside we both thought Stephen was stuck to the pole when he suddenly decided to kiss it. I did not know he was joking. Sometimes I forget my 3 year old can make non-verbal jokes by imitating what he has previously seen. It's a quirk of his since we started trying to teach him sign language. He copies dance moments, war movements, cartoon moments and what ever interesting thing Noah finds to laugh about on YouTube. Was I tempted to keep the digital film? Yeah... I was... It was mad funny on the rewind, however I had reasonable cause to believe a possible YouTube faux pas was in the making so I decided to save me from myself and deleted it. Can't post what you don't have (ROTFLMAO).

I know, I know... bad Mommy blogger... You really wanted to see that, didn't you? How dare I not share an outstanding laugh and interesting Stephen moment? I usually share everything - wassup with that? Hmm... could it be because he might have really been stuck and was very creative in how he unstuck himself? Maybe... (ROTFL). ;-)

It was a spur of the moment erasure, I assure you (LOL). Before I calmed down and when I wasn't giggling inappropriately over the demise of the digital film, did I freak out with my 7 year old? Why yes... Yes, I did... Like most concerned parents who never had to deal with something so surprisingly stupid I went into a panic and freaked out in spades. Come on. Think about it. A 3 year old stuck to a poll is not my idea of an articulate 911 call (LMAO). I had already dialed the 9 when he skipped off giggling. It made for a very interesting "duh" moment. :-)

Please don't ask me what inspired my 3 year old to lock lips with the metal railing. I have no idea. I am sure my therapist girlfriends are going to wax poetic about the oral fixations of the Blur Minion later when I do send them over here and ask them why my three year old can't keep stuff out of his mouth. It's a PDD-NOS sensory issue. We already have a Toddler/Pre-School list of things to watch out for and the PDD-NOS issues means that the list is growing (LOL). :-)

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After Stephen the Minion Blur finished irking my nerves by kissing his fave thing to climb on, the sliding follies began. Head first, feet first, butt first, upside down, right side up - you name it, they did it. Repeatedly. With and without each other (LOL). Sometimes, my kids are fearless... I admire that about them. They are not afraid to try anything that interests them. They don't know what is hard or what is easy. They only know what they can or can not do at a specific moment in time. It doesn't seem to bother them if they fail. They just find another way to get things done on their terms while enjoying the moment. I am learning a lot about taming my fears to get stuff done from them. I am also learning how to simply enjoy life moment by moment... :-)

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Little Dude is a very happy camper when running amuck. Especially when he unpacks his beloved cars to drive down the slide. Sometimes he follows them head first so he can hold on and drive, watching the wheels on the bus go round and round (LOL). I don't know when it happened but Stephen is addicted to buses. I suspect he is addicted to any form of transportation that can take him on a new adventure. He will stop on a dime to watch an airplane travel across the sky. I would love to take him on a helicopter ride when it gets warm. I bet he would love the Heliport. You get a really cool view of it from the South Street Seaport. :-)

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I did mention that I have to periodically take them back to the car to warm up when it's cold. Noah usually takes over the CD player while Stephen climbs back and forth between the seats. They both like to pretend drive and I habitually let them. It's fun watching Step turn every knob and twist things not designed to be twisted (LOL). Dude has a thing for the windshield wipers (LMAO). :-)

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If you play your let's-take-a-break from the playground cards right, you can eventually distract them with a food bribe and talk them into their seat-belts using circular arguments. In this case, Yotveta for ice cream was the magic bullet (LOL). While Stephen, the Minion Blur lived up to his reputation for zipping to and fro in confined spaces, Noah watched them prepare to close up for the Sabbath, patiently waiting for his after school treat.

Being a precocious 3 year old, my wee one made a mad dash behind the counter to get himself a drink of juice (LOL). Trying to convince him to wait for it on the other side was very interesting and mad funny. Shorty actually argued with me in gibberish, flashed his dimples at the waitress and started acting cute (LMAO). Needless to say, they let him stay long enough to actually select an item (LOL). 3 year olds are not supposed to flirt like that (ROTFL). This is what happens when little men hear women call them cute. They start believing it. :-) I am going to have to check in with the hubby and see what he's been teaching them on their excursions without me. Since I keep insisting they need guy time, it appears this may be partially my fault (LMAO).

When Step is comfortable with people he thinks all refrigerators and food items are accessible to him, no matter what. Still working on the concept of business versus home... Noah gets it. Step may take a while (LOL). A few years, maybe... ;-)

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Tossing sugar was next on Stephen's agenda since the flirting didn't work out the way he planned (LOL). He likes to toss and count with Nine usually coming after one and two. Why three belongs in eight's slot is also a mystery to me. At least he's consistent (LOL). Poor Noah had quite a time trying to get him to chill out so we could pick up his mess, grab our ice cream then go shopping at Barnes and Noble.

We're buying gifts for the kids in the homeless shelters. If you know where the shelters are in your area, please pick out some stuff, wrap it and drop it off with a temporary sticker noting gender and age so the items can be distributed. I'm teaching them about the Messiah, love gifts and Secret Santa since Noah has presents and Santa on his mind.

Yup. I admit it. Gotta plant those good seeds and get those positive thoughts entrenched in their tiny little minds while you can still mold them. Opportunistic Mommy? You betcha (LOL). What ever floats the Mommy Boat, that's what I do. ;-)

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Will chat about Barnes and Nobles later. That was MAD FUN!!! They have an escalator... (LOL) ;-)

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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • December 19 2009 10:10AM


Dear Wordy C.   Your children are beautiful.  I wish I could have been there when you thought the mouth was stuck to the pole!!  I always go from 0 to total panic in seconds when it comes to the kids and we would have stood together and simply screamed.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 11 years ago

I can't wait to see what happens when you let them loose in the snow.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago
Carolyn, I have heard when the minions get their tongues stuck to frozen poles you have to use warm water to extricate them, seriously!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Sounds like Mommy had a great day too Carolyn!  Great post and your minions are very photogenic! Memories, memories!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 11 years ago

My kids are all grown up and those days have been over for awhile for me.  I am at the beginning stages of grandparenting and your post reminds me what I have ahead of me with the grandbabies.  Oh, God I hope I am up to it!  I just might be too old to keep up with all that again!  I'm tired just reading about your day!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 11 years ago

Dear Susan, your children are gorgeous, just like their parents. I wish you were there to see your nephew stuck to the poll. He was thrilled to be freaking me out (LOL). My guy pie made a funny. Hmm... (LOL) ;-)

Dr. Stacey, if it were not 25 degrees we'd be running amuck ice skating in the snow. Alas, the ramp was frozen and I missed taking them into Manhattan to collect some eye candy. A horse and buggy ride is in order. :-)

LOL @ Gary. In this case, a juice pouch (ROTFL).

Thank you Al and Peggy. We has a blast. :-)

Sharon, kids have a funny way of making you forget what time it is and the fact that you are exhausted.. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Your children are blessed to have YOU as their mom.

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) almost 11 years ago

Thank you, Diane. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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