Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Merits of Letting Daddy Interfere

Why Daddy Should Decide our Weekend Activities Sometimes

Sometimes Hubby just isn't practical.  And sometimes he wants the kids to grow up immediately.  A perfect example was our first Christmas with Munchkin Girl.  She was seven months old and he insisted that we needed to go buy a real Christmas Tree and his reasoning was that Munchkin Girl would think it was really fun.  The seven month old baby. 

I grew up with a fake tree and always thought it was fine.  I don't deny his heart was in the right place.  He wanted to bond with our little daughter.  However, he just didn't realize that a seven month old wouldn't care about a tree at all, let alone whether it was fake or real.  I gave in like I always do and spent the entire Christmas Holiday cleaning up pine needles and fighting with the dogs to get them to quit drinking the water from the tree.

This brings me to this Halloween.  With Munchkin Girl at 3 and Little Buddy at 18 months, we were both excited about pumpkin carving.  Then Hubby decided to take it to a new level.  He decided we needed dry ice.  I don't know much about dry ice, but I do know that it's not something you want your 18 month old to be sticking his hands into.  At first, I protested.  I said they weren't old enough to appreciate it and it would be a total hassle and could even be dangerous.

Then I had an epiphany...why not?  I'm lucky to have a Hubby who wants to put in the extra effort to have fun with the kids.  If I end up having to clean up a little extra, so what?  So I let go...and look what my Hubby did...

The kids thought it was super cool and we had it bubbling while they cleaned out the pumpkins.

Then, it evolved a step further.  Since the kids can't really hold knives and carve a pumpkin, they got to paint the pumpkins while Daddy did the actual carving.  They really enjoyed this and I was so glad that I didn't stress over the mess they were making.  Admittedly it took a lifetime to clean up this spectacular mess, but it was totally worth it.

dry ice with little kids

I guess the moral of this story is that I need to chill out and have fun.  It's an ongoing process, but I'm happy to report that I'm making progress in the right direction.
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  1. true.

    With each kid I get a little less rigid. It's good to let them "experience" all sort of things.

    Way to go!

  2. Very true. Sometimes we just have to breath and let go. Hi, I'm a new follower who found you through the Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Hope you will swing by and say Hi at Horseshoes!

  3. My 2 year old painted his pumpkin while Papa carved today too.

  4. You don't just have a selective memory, you're pretty smart too! Love the bubbling cauldron and the family activity of pumpkin carving.

    I'm your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  5. Hi There,
    Visiting from the weekend blog hop. You came to the right conclusion. Anytime our husbands show some sort of excitiement we have to back it up.
    I totally see your point but the photos look cool.

  6. So cool. I remember my first dry ice experience at a Halloween party. I was totally fascinated by the smoking cauldron all night. I don't even remember the party. I'm a new follower. Would love a follow back.