I was sitting around with a bored Giggles the other night. She walked over to me with a book. This made me happy because I love when I think that something that I’ve been doing is making the kids enjoy reading. She dropped the book on my lap, looked me in the eyes and said, “Hit him, Daddy. Him him. With THIS book.”
No, that is not the method that BeAGoodMom uses to get me to do chores around the house but it took me several minutes to realize what Giggles really wanted.
We have this snowman toy that hangs by the ceiling from a string attached to opposite ends of the room. The snowman starts singing a rocking Christmas tune, kicking his legs like crazy and motoring back and forth across the room. This also starts a couple minutes of Giggles dancing like a drunk frat boy in a Metallica mosh pit while Rocking Around the Christmas Tree is playing.
To get all of that started, you have to clap really loudly to get the snowman’s attention. Or, as lazy dad sometimes does, toss a soft toy gently at the snowman. Giggles decided that we should be a little more certain and just start pummeling the poor guy.
On another day, Giggles learned that sometimes you don’t have to actually hit people to get them to do what you want. Sometimes yelling at them will work, too. She was playing around in the room the other day, looked up and the snowman and yelled, “Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!” The snowman started singing. He wasn’t going to take any chances that she’d get out the book again.