Monday, October 27, 2008

"Here are your choices...better make it a good one"

As I was driving home from picking Cole and Bella up from preschool today, I heard them chattering in the backseat. This is what I heard:

Cole: Okay, Bella, listen to me. Here are your choices...better make it a good one. The choices are for Mommy to drive your way home* or choose a movie to watch at rest time. (there are 2 different ways we can drive home from preschool so I usually let them choose which way we take)

Bella: Um, hmmmmm, I'll pick the movie today.

Cole: No, I'm going to pick the movie today.

Bella: But you gave me the choice.

Cole: No, I just TOLD you the choices but it's really up to me. And I'm picking the movie.

Bella: Mommy, Cole said I could make the choice and then he told me I couldn't pick the movie.

Me: You both work it out amongst yourselves.

Cole: Bella, here are your're gonna tell Mommy which way to go home and I'm gonna pick the movie.

Bella: That's not fair. I get to decide because you gave me the choices.

Cole: No, I gave you the choices but I decide.

Bella: Cole, you are frustrating me. I don't like you anymore. Don't talk to me.

Cole: Okay, so we decided....Mommy, go Bella's way home and I'm gonna pick the movie today.

All I could think of while listening to them discussing this is that Cole would make one hell of a presidential candidate some day in the future. Make someone think they have a choice but then when they choose something you don't like, twist things around so you come out the winner in the end anyway. It's all about persuasion...

By this point, Bella was in tears over all this, insisting that Cole had given HER the choice. Between her sobbing, Cole yelling at her, and Garrett and Landon totally freaking out because they did not give a rat's ass which way we drove home or who was picking the movie because they were just so hungry they wanted lunch...I called for total peace and quiet.

Once we were home, I said, "Since you two can't work it out, here's what we're gonna do...we'll flip a coin". Cole immediately said, "I'm tails" and I said "you're sure you wanna be the one to choose first?" and he said "yes". Can we all see where this is going? Bella agreed to be "heads". I flipped the coin and it landed on heads, fair and square. Guess who's pouting now and screaming how unfair it is??

Once the little twins were down for their nap, it was time for Cole and Bella's rest time and Bella chose her movie (only this time it wasn't Barbie in the Diamond it was Barbie in The Nutcracker....Barbie, Barbie, Barbie....I'm sick of Barbie). She ended up falling asleep within the first 15 minutes and then Cole fell asleep shortly thereafter.

So ultimately I was the winner....I got to turn the tv off and relish the quietness of our home. I plopped myself down on the sofa in the family room and got lost in a book....for 2 hours.


Amy said...

ohh, that was so funny. I mean I feel your pain being the one to deal with the aftermath, but still I would have been laughing along with the so-called reasoning of kids.

Tara @ Feels like home said...

Good job, Momma! Do they alternate? Like, does Cole pick the movie one day and Bella the next day? That's what my mom always did with us, and it worked. Sometimes. :)

Jade said...

What a great story! Yeah Cole is the man! He has a very good reasoning skill.

Supermom said...

That was adorable!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the quietness in your house.

Michelle :)

Barb said...

So darned cute!

twinmama said...

Sweet, precious quiet time! I am so happy to hear that you got 2 glorious hours to yourself.

Cole is rather persuasive - he probably would make a good politician. That trait will serve him well in many different career options in the future though!

It's also good that Bella is wise on this now!

Tess said...

Sometimes, kids can reason better then adults!

Joy said...

Two hours to yourself! Nice!
I love their conversations, too funny.

Creative Junkie said...

hmmmm - I hate to say this, but it kind of reminds me of the conversations my husband and I have sometimes, with the same results!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, Cole for President!

mrsbear said...

Two hours of uninterrupted reading is suh-weet. Those arguments sound so familiar. Someone is always crying foul around here, good for Bella for at least knowing she was being duped. And for the record, Barbie movies stink.

Cant Hardly Wait said...

Hahaha, he's real stingy. He MUST be a politician. Too cute.

Woman in Training said...


And two hours of reading? What the??? I'm totally jealous.

Arlice Nichole said...

Ok, Cole is hilarious!!!. My son wanted a dollar for holding the door for me today. Kids...don't cha just love em?

Paula Constable said...

Funny! They're on their way! Good job teaching them about choices.

I would agree with Creative Junkie, sounds like conversations with my husband, without the crying. I ask him what he thinks about an outfit and he doesn't really have a choice in what he should say. For some reason, he doesn't really respond to that question anymore.

Anonymous said...

Hi Helene! It's Sara from the Multiple Multiples group. I absolutely love your blog - thank you for sharing all this with everyone. It helps me feel so much better knowing that there's someone else out there with two sets of twins who I can relate to!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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