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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The first in a series: Xander right now

Xander is such a goofy kid. He's really starting to get his own sense of humor. He cracks me up all the time. For instance, he got these small plastic snakes from Chuck E. Cheese yesterday and he keeps asking me if I'm scared of snakes. Which I am. So, he looks up at me and says, "Mommy, don't be afraid. This snake is paused." Another favorite phrase is "I'm not afraid of anything."

Being first is also very important to him right now. Of course, Max wants in on the action too. So, every time we get out of the car or go into the house, it's a bit of neener-neener-I-was-first. Not exactly the kindness I'm going for in our home. We've been working a lot on being kind to each other. Xander has an innate feeling for how to treat babies and he's always very sweet with Griffin, but Maxton, not always.

He's also a question fiend. I've resorted to putting him in the corner for "Why not?" It was driving me batty. It would be like twenty times a day, "Mommy, can I have _______?" and I'd say no, then inevitably would come, "Why not?" I'm trying to be patient with all the questions, but sheesh, not everything needs a reason. I tried telling him it's because I'm "a big, mean mommy," but he just laughs at that and tells me that I'm not a big, mean mommy, that I'm a nice mommy, so what's the real reason? Hehe. Silly kid. Maybe I should limit him to 10 questions a day.

Anyway, enjoy the photo of his foot. Totally his idea, by the way.

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  1. Aren't kids so cute? The things they say are so adorable! But man, they can be frustrating too!


  2. Yep, no doubt about it, the questions can be frustrating. However, the questioning is also a way to learn boundaries. When am I demonstrating a need for additional information and when do I become a tedious and annoying boor? My initial response was, "You should just try to answer the questions, Mom" but then I thought better of it, and decided on the above. It sort of depends on the kind of questions as well, so a limit might not get the desired result either. Maybe saying, "I don't have an answer for that" would work as well. If the kids are really smart, they'll use your explanations to "why not" against you, especially if it is a case-specific answer. Long comment. Good luck with this one!


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