By this point most kids will move right past all the political hoopla--unless, of course, it means they get to stay up late again tonight. Please, mom, please! Uh, sorry. That won't be happening anytime soon. Trust me. Okay, okay, maybe for the inauguration.
Whether you're waking up this morning thrilled with the election results or feeling like the world is falling apart, there's one thing that will still work like magic with kids and that is the power of the vote.
Voting gives kids (and the rest of us) an incredible sense of autonomy, self-determination and power. And you don't have to understand democracy to feel good. Especially if you're three.
Okay, guys, who's voting that we should eat ice cream right now?
Everyone who would like to have a dance party in the kitchen, raise your hand!
Who votes for watching the princess movie one more time while mom cooks dinner?
Let's have a vote to decide if we should make brownies or not!
Do you see a trend here?
It can also work in a crisis. Sorry, guys, I didn't vote for fighting in the car for three hours, and I'm sure you didn't either.
There will be plenty of time to explain the electoral college, but in the meantime, let's have some fun and invite these kids to say yes over and over again in the most positive, powerful ways.
What are you voting for today at your house? The polls are open in the comment section below.
So last night we carved pumpkins. What can I say? As long as they keep showing all the Halloween episodes on Word World and Super Why, I can blame PBS. When Dad came home from his very long day, he suggested a little wielding of knives and such. I thought this was a great idea since it had been DAYS since we had been to the emergency room for stitches.
Our pumpkin had ears. Every day that I think that my child is like me, I realize he is so much like his father. When exactly was the last time you saw a carved pumpkin with what appear to be a bear's ears? He's cute, but he has ears. The kids are delirious and now we have a lit pumpkin in the middle of our living room.
Better late than never, right?
Lyra says "Vote!" with her eyes.
Doesn't she look very serious about it?
It's 4:55am. The question of the hour, day, year:
Do I take the one month old out in the rain at 5am to wait for the polls to open at 6am?
Do I take 4 kids at 10am hoping it will be slower then?
I don't know but either way I'm goin'! You should too. It's worth it for our kids, for ourselves. Feel free to share your horror stories of waiting in 2 hour lines with small children in the comments. These Supersisters will listen and then remind you how awesome you are for enduring. Good or bad, be sure to leave a comment telling us you voted.
Saturday night we had an unexpected trip to the emergency room. Unexpected in that does anyone really expect that a three-year-old running from his father will step on a stainless cookie cutter FACING UP and cut UNDER his middle toe, right to the bone? Maybe I'm just an optimist, but I hadn't seen that cookie cutter since last Christmas. Of course I do have the children that remove all the contents from all the drawers and cabinets when I am at the sink doing the dishes. I wouldn't put it past that little one to find something obscure. Now how it ended up in the running path of an errant child, we'll never know.
His father said he thought it looked like stitches were mandatory. Hmmm. His father has we we consider a "heightened sensitivity" regarding open wounds considering all the ones he had growing up that always seemed to miss the stitches deadline. As such, his scars are stunning. I looked at the toe and instantly thought, "how in the world will they ever stitch in there, up between the pad of his little toe and the pad of his foot?"
It was off to the ER for us but not before we made a quick call to our ever reliable friend who is ALWAYS there in all of our emergencies. We normally like to take our ER visits together as a family but at 9:00 p.m, it is slightly late for The Baby. Our friend dropped everything and came to rescue us. We then fought for 5 minutes about which ER to go to. Do you have any idea how pathetic it is when you can accurately rate multiple emergency rooms in your area?
We got to the ER where there was excessive discussion regarding "to stitch" or "not to stitch." Stitches won.
I'll save you the horror, but it appears someone jumped the gun and started stitching before the numbing medication kicked it. The nurse assured me that he could feel nothing and I felt a rage that only a mama bear can feel. Was she in his body? Did she know? Because I was lying across him to keep him on the table and I could feel his pain. He must have said one hundred times, "Make her go away. Make her go away."
You do the best you can with the information you have. You trust others to make decisions because you know they are more informed than you are. But sometimes you are right and they are wrong. You think your child may never forgive you and then someone shows up with a cherry popsicle and all is right in the world. This being a mom thing stinks sometimes.
So where do you fall in the post-Halloween candy debate? Do you let your kids plow through the spoils or are you more inclined to ration out the sugar and then make it all disappear? If this is a sticky discussion at your house, consider these Ten Sweet Strategies for Halloween Candy from yours truly.
It's countdown to the election, and if your house is anything like mine, your kids are more than a little interested in finding out what happens next. If you'd like to turn some of that curiosity into a learning opportunity, check out this helpful article about how to make the most of your voting experience.
Desperate for a little luxury especially now that you're pinching your pennies? Superstar Maggie Mason offers ten little luxuries any supersister can love for under ten dollars.
Need a (very good) laugh? Race over to Flawed But Authentic and leave your confession with Lies Mrs. G Has Told Her Children. If you are desperate to get over that pull-up hump, this really might be your answer.
Here's hoping those little goodies make your weekend reading that much nicer. Let us know your favorite posts from the online parenting world in the comments below.