Have you ever tortured your children just for the sake of getting a good laugh?
Well, I have. In fact, I just did.
Doodle was climbing on the back of the couch and I told her to stop. She didn't. So I asked her if she wanted to go to bed then. To which she started crying. But it wasn't Doodle I tortured. It was Dizzle.
You see, Dizzle likes to take Doodle's misfortunes (like being sent to bed early) and shove them in her face. And when that happens, I tend to turn it on Dizzle. This time I told her that Doodle was not going to bed, she was.
I knew this would drive her crazy, even though I wasn't being serious. Our conversation went a little something like this.
Me: No, Dizzle. YOUR going to bed.
Dizzle: (screaming) I don't want to go to bed.
Me: Oh, well.
Dizzle: (really screaming running over to me with fists up): I don't want to.
Me: Well, if you hit me then you're definitely going to bed.
Dizzle: OK, I won't hit you, so I don't have to go to bed, right?
Me: You're going to bed.
Dizzle: (bright red with fists again) I fink you're kidding. I fink your kidding.
And I was. But her face and body language and her actual words did nothing but make me laugh. So I did. Until I was crying. And then I just kept telling her she was going to bed. And she is. Eventually.
Have your kids made you laugh today?