Today was a good day. A happy day. Or maybe it was just an average day on account of all things in comparison to yesterday. Oh yesterday where I feel like I lost my mind with my three year old intentionally pissing on the newly cleaned floor (3.5 hours after the cleaners had left) for the second time. There were three “accidents” yesterday. I sometimes wonder if these accidents aren’t the world’s way of “pop quizzing” us parents to see how far we’ve come with our own control of emotions (or not) and how much we’ve learned in parenting (or not) and which new tools we’ve developed (if any.) Today was happy.
Maybe it is in light of the recent 3 broad-daylight steal-the-3-year-old-from-his-family kidnapping attempts in the last 24 hours. I am cherishing my children and holding them extra tight today.
I even tried to impose some education on the eldest of my troop. The conversation went something like this:
Mommy “Pippi what would you do if a stranger told you to go with them?”
Pippi “Nope. Not unless they were nice mommy.”
Mommy *sigh* “Okay if anyone EVER tells you to go with them other then Mommy or Daddy you come to us quick so you can ask if it’s okay.”
Pippi “But why Mommy?”
Mommy “Well sometimes they aren’t nice people, and only Mommy and Daddy can tell if they are okay for you to go with.
Pippi “Oh but I know who is nice Mommy.”
Mommy “hmmm. You have to ask ask before you go with anybody okay. Always have to come to Mommy and Daddy to ask before going with anyone right?”
Pippi “Yup. But it’s okay if I go with Susan (neighbour) She’s nice!”
Mommy “No, that isn’t okay. You always have to ask first, so we know where you are.”
Pippi “Okay. But Susan is nice.”
Mommy frowning in exasperation
“Okay, so what would you do if somebody told you to come with them in their car?”
Pippi “No way! *big grin* I’d never get in their car. That’s just silly. Only if they had a carseat Mommy. It’s not safe for me in a car without a carseat.”
Mommy (beginning to realize this concept might be out of Pippi’s developmental grasp for the time being) “No honey don’t ever get in a car with anybody either. Only with Mommy or Daddy okay?”
Pippi “Okay Mommy. But if they have a carseat I’d be safe. Then if they get in a crash and ask where I am I can say: I am here, safe in my carseat!”
Mommy “No, not even if they have a carseat. Or if they offer you candy. You always only get in a car with Mom or Dad okay?”
Pippi “Okay Mommy. But that’s silly. Candy is for Halloween, and birthdays only.”
Sigh. Will keep a close watch on my kids. And hug them extra tight tonight. Their cuteness and naivety are only a few of the million reasons they are so special to me.