Written on one of our four year old’s t-shirts are the words “It’s my brother’s fault”. Whenever he gets in trouble, he always tries to blame it on a brother (usually our 16 month old). Now, I’m not saying I’ve been neglectful, but any parent whose been busy knows that sometimes the little ones don’t always get all the attention that they deserve, and our four year old doesn’t like being relegated to the back burner AT ALL! This often results in him coming up with some pretty clever ways to get my attention.
The other day (a particularly busy one) I found him in the powder room with his little brother. The two of them had completely unrolled the toilet paper and were elbow deep in my box of tampons. They were busy unwrapping all the tampons and shooting them out the tops of their applicators. Big brother looked up, pointed to little brother and said, “He wanted me to do it.” Typical! Little brother looked up, held up a wrapped tampon and said, “Ollypop” (his word for lollipop). Yikes! I tried to keep a straight face (unsuccessfully, I might add). How can you stay mad at that?!? I shooed them out of the powder room and cleaned up the mess (which didn’t take very long).
As a punishment I charged the four year old his entire $2.00 allowance for the week. I figured that would just about cover one roll of toilet paper and the dozen tampons rendered unusable by two brothers having a moment with feminine hygiene products. I’m sure I can use this story for black mail when they’re older, can’t I? Nah. That just wouldn’t be nice… Funny, maybe, but not very nice.