I'm at work today and tomorrow; my day will be filled lots of waiting - interrupted occasionally by panicked flurries of activity.
So . . . entertain me. Tell me a joke.
Or help me out with something.
What words do you use with your children when they're being dickheads to each other? I often find myself saying "Stop it. That's not nice."
But I fear that "not nice" fails to capture what's really going on and why they need to knock it the hell off. (Or maybe it's a learned aversion from my sorority days, when describing someone or something as "nice" meant you had to put a quarter in the Seniors' Beer Fund Jar.) Lumpyhead and Lula are picking up words fast, and even if they don't always understand, I want to help them accurately identify their feelings and behavior.
I sometimes use "unkind," but I'm getting sick of that word. "Mean" suggests a motive that I don't think the kids possess. (Yet.) Bump and I sometimes label their actions "jerky," but that could also be a delicious beef product.
I don't need them to start wailing about how the other is being "inconsiderate" or "over-aggressive" or "unreasonable." (I hear enough about how "Lula isn't sharing" and "NO Lumpyhead! It's MY turn wif dat" from the little demons.) But give me something new to say before I start thundering "What manner of douchebaggery is this?"
Eh, I'm probably overthinking it. I'm gonna go check your status on twitter now. But tell me a joke before you leave.