June 23, 2010

Of bad guys and car seats


I was at my wits end. My four-year old had been pushing all my buttons all day and I finally just couldn't take any more!

So things wouldn't get out of hand, I picked him up and took him to the car where I buckled him into a car seat. I closed the door and walked away so he could scream it out and I could calm down.

After a few minutes, I went back to the garage and climbed into the driver's side so I could turn around and look at him.

We both just kind of looked at each other for a while and I finally started in on my sad speech about how I didn't know what to do with him, how to help him be happy, to listen and obey, be nice to his siblings, etc. etc.

He just sat there with wide eyes and tear streaked cheeks, quietly listening to my speech.

Finally he interrupted me.

Holding up his hand in a manner common for people who are trying to get their point across, and shaking it back and forth, he said the following in about two very solemn breaths:

"Mom. If you wiw not be wude to me, I wiw not be wude to you. That's the deal."

*brief pause*

"If I wiw give you my heart, then you wiw gwow to be this tall (he holds up his hand to a height about the top of his head) a hundwed times tall. Yea, a hundwed times tall. Then you can fight all the bad guys. Betause bad guys are weal, huh mom. And then I wiw fight the bad guys like *POW* and then I will win."

*brief pause*

"Okay, I am happy now. Deal?" He thrusts out his hand toward me "Deal?"

After fighting back my big smile, I solemnly shook his hand and said, "Deal."

30 super cool people speak:

Kristina P. said...

How can you not melt with that?

One Cluttered Brain said...

Aww. I agree with Kristina.
I am a puddle over here.
So sweet.
Your little boy is a keeper for sure.
He is gonna make one woman VERY happy someday.

Sue said...

Made me cry. What a sap I am.

=)

PS. But that is just MAJORly cute...and touching!

Doran & Jody said...

LOL....the things they come up with. Sometime we wonder why we can get upset with these cute little monsters...I mean children.

Just remember...when you think they are asleep, TIS not so. They are RECHARGING.

Deal?

Garvin Smith said...

It is my policy to never negotiate with terrorists!

Lara said...

I think that sounds like a pretty good deal.

And, if it makes you feel any better, my almost-4 year old is the most difficult child on earth. I do not know how to deal with her sometimes. i love your time out in the garage tactic.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

And that is what it is all about... just making a deal.

Good for you for finding a way to help you AND him.

Gina said...

That is an excellent deal.

Jennifer said...

Oh, that is just too sweet.

And putting them in another room when you are at the end of your rope is very smart. I tend to go in my bedroom, lock the door, then go in the master bathroom and lock that door, too. I don't come out until I have stopped raving inside my head and I am breathing normally again. :)

Ben, Heather and kids said...

sounds like a good deal to me.

Polly Blevins said...

That is why I read this blog.

Brittney said...

oh my heck that is adorable.

Lisa said...

Seriously? THAT is one of the only things I miss about little ones...makes all the drudgery melt into the distance.

Braden said...

I'm so glad the bad guy issue has been resolved.

Lindzena said...

It is not possible to fight with that many w's. How sweet. That made me melt. :)

Garden of Egan said...

So darling! You're doing a great job ya know!

Cannwin said...

Oh, that is so sweet. Don't you just love children, it makes you realize what Christ was talking about.

Saimi said...

If that's not the most adorable thing ever, I don't know what is!!

Cheeseboy said...

Sounds like lesson learned to me.

Patty Ann said...

Serene, you are amazing! Don't you ever forget it! I promise that they grow up better than you ever thought possible! He sounds like he will be great in business and negotiation!

T said...

Good Mom!!!

KyAnn (like Cayenne Pepper, only HOTTER) said...

Do you think would work on teenagers? I have 4 of them. :-)

Larsen said...

I can't ever read you blog and keep a straight face.

Smart move Serene.

He is smart too, and we now know for sure he got that from you.

Mama Smith said...

We look at our children...as young inexperienced little people...yet..."out of the mouths of babes"... can be some of the most profound words of "wisdom"...We can learn MUCH from our "little ones"...I think you made a wise "deal"...

Neisha said...

sounds like a good deal :)

Charlotte said...

Great deal. Although if your not 100 times taller when I see you next, I'll know he didn't hold up his end of the deal.

Kazzy said...

I got a little choked up. Smart wituw guy!

Mr. Stupid said...

LOL. This was great. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Krista said...

It's amazing all that thinking that goes on in those little heads! So cute!

gigi said...

OMG, cutest thing I've heard or read in a way long time. Love it.

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