Only 1 Can Win

In a stroke of parenting genius, I have made a race of the kids getting dressed in the morning. First, we all sit down for the breakfast that occasionally never ends. More toast. More cereal. More toast. More cereal. I don’t know where they’re putting it all, it is being eaten because I check under their booster seats. Although some days they don’t eat anything, probably to make room for the never-ending breakfast days.

After breakfast, the kids race to get their clothes on. It’s pure brilliance on my part. Both kids dress themselves. Both kids are dressing as fast as they can. They even beg me to set a timer. You’d think it would be a win-win all around.

But no. Only one of them can win.

Son: Mommy, I won. That means sister lost.

Mommy: You were first. But your sister still won against the timer.

Son: No Mommy, I’m the winner. She’s not the winner.

Daughter: I’m the winner.

Mommy: You can have a first winner and a second winner. Your sister is the second winner.

Son: There’s no such thing as a second winner.

It’s a losing battle to try to convince the little guy about the existence of a second place winner. And then they race to the bathroom to see who get’s there first to brush their teeth. Sometimes I manage to convince them to race getting their boots and jackets on, and to get out into their seats in the van.

One day my son will find it much harder to win against his little sister. It’s easy for a 4-year-old to beat a 2-year-old.

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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. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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14 Responses to Only 1 Can Win

  1. rossmurray1 says:

    Just do like they do in soccer: give them all trophies. Every. Single. Time.

  2. sillyliss says:

    You are brilliant!!! I wonder if I could get this to work for me. Although Emilia cries if she loses…even if it’s to her two-year-old sister.

  3. I do that with my kids too. I also try to encourage first place, second place, etc. At first it didn’t work, but when my 4 year old was dead set that she ‘won’ and her 2 year old sister had ‘lost’ I announced that *I* was the winner and if there were no other winners then she was a loser too. Eventually it set in and now we all win.

  4. It’s not if you win, it’s how you play the game? No? Ah, we’re all losers at my house anyway. 😉

  5. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says:

    Oh, you are so sly. This gave me a chuckle–the 4 year old vs the 2 year old.

  6. CountryGirl says:

    I eventually had to put an end to competitive games – at least physical ones that included running. The younger one, boy – 5 years old, would experience the end of the world when he lost running races against his older sister – 8 years old, tall and FAST. He’d be in tears that he “neeeevvvvveeerrrrr wins!”. *sigh* Okay kids – no more running races. Wait till little dude catches up a little bit in speed and height.

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