How did it all go so horribly wrong?!

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.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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8 Responses to How did it all go so horribly wrong?!

  1. sillyliss says:

    I wish I didn’t know anything about this moral, but I, too, have a two-year-old of superhuman strength and a four-year-old who is not allowed to share laps. I really feel for you!!! That’s a LONG time to yowl!

  2. I too have this situation in my house. It’s usually the 4 year old and the dog. (The seven year old has never really been very cuddly.) I have seen my daughter literally fling the dog off the couch, and he is bigger than than she is. They both must ALWAYS be touching me. It’s really weird. Nice to be loved, but weird.

  3. Was the stiff alcoholic beverage for you or the toddler? I find either can work quite well.

  4. Kristine says:

    Agreed! I find this particularly true when dining in restaurants. A beautiful meal filled with fun, laughter, easy-going love and joshing between siblings can slip into chaos and tears without warning! Sometimes my husband and I will look at each other in bafflement. What the heck just happened? How did the giggling descend into one kids stabbing the other with a straw? I quietly hide the knives under my napkin and pray it will all go away soon. Check please! And a glass of wine to go!

  5. This happens regularly in our house. But our 2-year-old generally throws herself on the ground kicking instead of yowling.

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