Thursday, March 26, 2009

And they finally get along with one another...all because of Mr Potato Head

Cole and Bella fight like cats and dogs....all the time. I mean, everything...EVERYTHING is a fight between them. It could be something as simple as deciding whose turn it is to help me with dinner....doesn't matter. I've learned to anticipate fights with every little thing.

The thing that really chaps my hide (chaps my hide...what does that even mean?) is that they KNOW BETTER. I'll pull them both aside and say, "How many times have I told you to treat each other the way you would want to be treated...would you want someone grabbing a toy away from you? Would you want someone pushing you out of the way when you were first in line?". They both sulk and say "no, of course not". So what's the lesson here, kiddos? "Treat each other the way we would want to be treated". YES! Five minutes later they're back to arguing, yelling, screaming and telling on each other again. It's enough to make me want to retreat to....I don't know....say, the Bahamas. Oh wait, that's something I want to do every day regardless of what the kids are doing.

So the other day, they were fighting....again....and so I said, "Alright...enough!! I'm going to get the playdough out and you both are gonna take out your aggression and anger on the playdough...and here's the thing....I want you both to sit next to each other nicely and WORK TOGETHER to make something with the playdough". Cole said, "But...." and I said, "no buts"....and they both laughed hysterically...."you said 'no buts'....". I guess if I was 4 yrs old I might have found that funny too.

As I was digging around in the toy cabinet, I came across a Mr Potato Head playdough set that they had received for Christmas that had never been opened. They were all excited to get their little grabby hands all over that stuff. I reminded them that they had to work together, peacefully....that was the key.

After 10 minutes of almost complete silence (holy cow....do I actually hear dogs barking outside....is that what it sounds like when the icemaker drops ice into the bucket in the freezer?), they continued to work together while concentrating on their collaboration.



And here is the result of their hard work:

Yeah, freakin scary, isn't he? Kinda looks like our mailman...but I digress....the point is they were able to work together nicely for a whole 10 minutes putting this guy together.

I was all smiles and said, "See....look how much fun you both have together when you're getting along....wasn't that fun?" They both smiled. Cole said, "Yeah, it was fun" and Bella said, "I had fun too....and you know what? We even agreed on what we should make". I couldn't help but be proud of myself for thinking of this awesome idea....until Cole said, "we agreed that we should make a Potato Head that looks like YOU when you're mad at us".

Gee, thanks, guys....I think I liked it better when you were conspiring against one another.

41 comments:

Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...

The nose is very, well, interesting!

It's never a good thing when my little ones are quietly getting along...I'm positive they are planning a hostile take-over of my laptop!

Simply AnonyMom said...

It looks like Gonzo from the muppet show. Very cute. I am glad they finally got along (if only for only a moment or two)

Yaya said...

How cute!

Becky said...

I keep looking and looking and frankly I just dont see the resemblence to you, of course I have never seen you mad so that may be why I am just not seeing it!

:)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

PTL for Play-Doh & Mr. Potato Head. I hate play-doh, but that too is the only thing my kids can play together without a referee.

Nikki B. said...

i thought gonzo, too!! glad that worked out for ya. i'm always tempted to do that to the kids...but, fear that it'll just require even more intervention from me.

way to go, mom!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

Oh. So THATS what you look like. Good to know. I needed a blue friend with a gonzo nose.

The High Family said...

I think I would go nutzo if I had two of Ryan to deal with all day. I am kinda dreading the next few years as Kara gets bigger BUT Ryan isn't in school yet...so let the fighting begin. :(

Playdoh and Mr. Potato Head together? Awesome!

Congrats on getting them to work together and play nicely...even if they created a Helene Gonzo! LOL

Jen said...

Come on, you had to see that coming.... but I am sure it was worth if for 10 minutes of quiet.

Tami said...

Every post you crack me up. I have to give you kudos, I couldn't do it!

I'd ...I'd commit myself to Patton State Hospital! LOL. I'd even ask for a straight jacket!

MamaHen Em said...

I myself was thinking Gonzo. . Although points for creativity! Does your nose get that long when you are mad?!

RecreationalArt said...

you must have a "happy" mailman?!?

The Mother said...

I have two who are like oil and water. But even they can get along when it comes to getting one over on good old mom.

wife.mom.nurse said...

OH, I just hate kid fighting! We are going through a good phase right now, but I see signs of it ending. Ugh!

I think I will go buy a mr pot. head playdoh set...just in case!

Yep, that potatoe dude in the pix is scaring me!!!


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Elizabeth Channel said...

A little Spongebobesque, too.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I must say that line about treating others the way you want to be treated a million times per week. Why doesn't it sink in?!
And their sculpture of you is, um, lovely! Yes, lovely.

Creative Junkie said...

ROTF!

Actually, with that nose, it looks eerily like something that might be lurking in my family tree somewhere.

Kathy B! said...

You are making me laugh out loud here! Those are some "interesting" potatoe heads :)

Karen said...

That story seriously cracked me up!

It's cute that they worked together so well, but a little scary that they joined forces! Good luck!

Lana said...

So they think you resemble the mailman when you're angry, eh? Ha ha!

The Eadle Family said...

HAHAHA ... I love it! The little playdoh guy has it's cute features ...

I'm glad they had fun together

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Amazing that the crap we hate to let them play with, is the crap that keeps them simpatico! They always get along when it's with junk you hate to clean up! Thanks for the good laugh, and reminder that playdoh is good for something!

Morgan said...

Slightly frightening that the creature resembles your mailman!

Great idea on getting them to do a project together to help them get along again!

newlyweds said...

How funny! Your kiddos crack me up, and I love the "you" look alike, too hilarious!

ps: I think they have your sense of humor!

ps: thanks for the snuggle coupon in your side bar!

MommyAmy said...

LOL... you are so hilarious! Seriously. Your blog cracks me up more than any other!

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

LLOOLLL, that is hilarious! I can't wait to see what my kids are going to put me through when they get a little bigger. Little (big)imaginations can really produce some "scary" results.

Maytina said...

However long you can get them to get along is a good thing! Mine are generally ok but when they're not getting along, they're really not getting along! Great call on the play doh!

Zeemaid said...

Up to the the last part, I was totally comiserating with you re the fighting etc.. but

"we agreed that we should make a Potato Head that looks like YOU when you're mad at us".

That's absolutley priceless! The only good news is that they probably will be very close when they get older. If they survive *LOL*

Debbie said...

What a brilliant solution. And who doesn't love a potato head?

Amy W said...

If there's one thing my girls can do for HOURS on end, it's play with play dough. They hadn't done it for months, and just last night they got it out again. Fun times!

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Karen said...

I LOVE the new layout! It's really cute!

Elizabeth Channel said...

Love the layout too! On another note, your vanpan.com story is finally up! Many, many months late! Thanks for playing!

Elle said...

So, they're going to get along to gang up on you!LOL! I'm pretty sure you really don't look like Gonzo from The Muppets when you're mad. At least you had 10 minutes of peace and quiet.

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

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bonnieearly said...

Wow, your blog is so popular now I don't even know if you'll see my comment. I love the new layout. It's very cute and very Helene. Wow, Cole had to have stitches again?? I'm glad it went well. I haven't had to do stitches with my kids, thankfully. I'd probably pass out.

Yea, I'm going through it with the boys and the fighting too. How clever of you to have them do an art project together. Sounds like it helped. I'm about to throw the boys in a ring and just let them have at it.

mrsbear said...

Why is it not surprising that the Playdoh has been holed up since Christmas. I would have probably regifted mine to someone I openly dislike. ;) Luckily you got some good use out of yours, even if they were mocking you in the process. How do you get your face to go all blue like that?

Dina said...

Hi! Found you through Mom Bloggers :) I like your blog. How amazing that you were blessed with 2 sets of twins!!!

I look forward to reading your blog.

Dina

ParentingPink said...

LOL! Great "therapeutic intervention" with Cole & Bella. I love their play doh creation...you're right it does sort of resemble our mailman too!

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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