Tonawanda News — I know small children like repetition. And I know it’s partly because they love attention — which they get plenty of, trust me. But even the most patient parent eventually gets a little snappish.
If it’s not that kind of request, it’s the “I just want to SHOW you!” This is even more difficult to handle, because who doesn’t want their children to be happy to show them stuff, right? But even “Mommy, look at what I can make Darth Vader do in my Star Wars game!” and “Look at the picture I drew of Disney World!” gets a little old when it’s about the 500th repetition of both in the past hour or so and all you want to do is get the laundry done so you can sit down for five minutes.
“Look at what I can make Darth Vader do!”
“I see, Sam. That’s cool.”
“It is cool. Now I’m here at this part. Look at this!”
“Just a minute.”
“No, looook! This is soooo cool. Mom! Look!”
I love them. I love that they want my attention. But honestly, one can only patiently watch Darth Vader do backflips in a video game so much.
I might try something new one of these days. I’m going to wait until my oldest is happily listening to his music player or the my youngest is settled down with a book or game. Then ...
“Jim. James. Jiiiimmmmyyy. James Eric. Jim ... Sam. Samuel. Saaaammmmyyy. Samuel David. Sam ...”
Turnabout is fair play, isn’t it?
Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @JillKeppeler.