The other night I was sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace, cuddling my dear little 2-year-old girl. We sat there giggling and just enjoying the moment for its beauty. Then she got up to play with her toys because kids do not have the ability to sit for long periods of time.
I thought to myself, now it’s time to cuddle my 4-year-old son. I called him over and said, “come sit on mommy’s lap.” He grinned and headed my way.
That’s when it all went horribly horribly wrong…
As he lowered his little butt down onto my lap, our 2-year-old dove in under him with a screech. “My Mommy” she yelled, wrestling him out of the way.
I attempted to move her over onto my right leg so that there would be room for each of them on my lap. With an astonishing show of inhuman toddler strength, she completely shoved her big brother off my lap while flipping herself over in the other direction.
Then she spent the rest of the evening, right up until bedtime, yowling. Yowling is a combination of crying and howling that is best avoided at all costs.
If you are unable to put a stop to yowling, the only thing that will help you endure the pain it causes is a stiff alcoholic beverage. My poor 4-year-old just had to put up with the noise till we put her to bed. Mommy and Daddy got through it with a little help.
The moral of this little story, there is no activity you can do with your children that does not hold the potential to go downhill, fast.