The Frightening Truth I Learned While Playing With My Daughters

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Yesterday I actually got down on the floor with my girls, miniature Sleeping Beauty in hand, to really play imaginatively with them, probably for the first time ever.  I learned a few things from this experience.

First, they don’t like it when you Beat Box.  Apparently with girls you keep the sound effects and dancing to a minimum.

Second, you may not at any time put Sleeping Beauty down or you will get barraged with, “Play Mommy. Play. Play! Play!!!!”

Third, saying the same thing over and over IS in fact acceptable, even preferable.

Fourth, although both dolls may look like full grown princesses, the Barbie-sized doll is the mommy, and the miniature doll is the child.

Fifth, one of their dolls is a Mormon because she wears khaki pants and a short sleeved sweater with a tank top over it.

Lastly, and most importantly, I learned the frightening truth about how my girls perceive me as a mother.  Whenever Mini Princess (child) asks Big Princess (mother) to do something, Big Princess always says, “Yes…another day.”  Wow.  I use that line enough for it to come out in a princess to princess dramatization? She just threw my own words back in my face. “Another day…” Unfortunately I use that all too often. It makes sense, though. “Later” seems to imply that whatever it is will happen sometime during that same day.  So I say “Another day” because some things aren’t happening “tomorrow” but they don’t understand when I say “in the summer”, “in December” or “next year”.  You can’t do everything they want right away or even today or tomorrow, but it’s too bad Big Princess doesn’t say, “yes, honey, right away” more often.

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  1. I read in family fun magazine about a family with a “yes” jar. When a request was reasonable but not doable right that minute, “can we have pancakes for dinner, can we go to the park, can we stay in our pjs, will you play with us, can have we cookies” (NOT for example, can we have a pony) The mom or day tells them to write it down and put it in the “yes jar”. Then, once every so often they have a “yes” day, and they pull things out of the jar and do them in what ever order they come out of the jar, as many as they can do in a day. (or even an afternoon or whatever.)

    And major kudos for playing with your girls. I can only last at “trains” for like 15 minutes till I don’t know what to do anymore.

  2. Love the idea of a yes jar. Awesome idea! I have a hard time making myself actually just sit and play with the kids too. One time I heard my kids playing with their little people toys, and I heard my husband’s favorite line come out. The giraffe who was the kid, was acting out and not listening. Mommy giraffe was telling him to stop, and then Daddy hippo barked in a loud voice, “I know you hear your mother telling you to stop. Do it again and see what happens!” I was like, “Oh oh! Where’s my video camera so Aaron can see himself!”

  3. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you getting the teme of my comments? i aim to make them as realistic as possible. And as I am reading them I am going HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! And laughing so hard. Just so you know, you are prob going to get many HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAs in the future!!!

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