Rarely are Thomas and I serious. We joke about everything and are always cracking each other up. Now this has been a problem and yet equally entertaining as Liam has become older. We make all kinds of silly, snide, and funny comments to one other and sometimes to Liam. The problem with this, is that Liam does not understand us half the time. For example, Thomas was talking to Liam about how Jaxson will be moving up into his room at school come January. Thomas said, “Now bud, you need to watch out for your brother. You need to show him the ropes.” Liam looked up at him all confused and said, “But Dad, there aren’t ropes at school.”
Oh the sweet, innocent, and literal minds of our children. Half the time Thomas and I get frustrated because we have to learn to communicate so differently with the boys; and the other half of the time one of us is walking away holding in a laugh. Especially when disciplining. Gosh one of us will be setting forth our wrath and bestowing our child with a punishment for bad behavior and then the kid says something so matter-of-fact that Thomas or I will just completely loose it. For example, I was disciplining Liam. He talked back to me so I got all up in his face and said, “Liam you back talk to me again, you’re going to have to go sit on your bed until you change your attitude and behavior.” He responded with, “But mom I don’t sit on my bed and lay in it and be quiet.” (Quick note, our bedtime rules are once he is in bed he has to 1. Lay down and 2. Be quiet.) I nearly lost it. I had to walk away because I couldn’t help but laugh.
Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding things. I love it at times and am discouraged by it at other times. I am grateful for how Thomas and I look at things and can find the joy and humor in it. To all you parents out there that have literal kids, just laugh, it’s all we can do to stay sane.