A Mother's Imaginings...

@Genipher (5140)
United States
April 26, 2016 4:52pm CST
Little boys are an altogether different kind of fish. For some reason all their play has to involve some kind of mess. My son, C, is the perfect example of a typical boy. One of the "fun" things C likes to do is play with play-doh. Play-doh is a great creative tool and through it, a kid can learn to design all sorts of interesting things. C likes to make cookies and cakes with his play-doh. I imagine that someday he'll be a famous chef and support his parents in their old age. Yet, no matter how careful he is, there's always a pile of dried up clay on the floor and crusted to his pants (why, again, does he have to sit ON the doh while he's playing??). C also enjoys LEGOS. He can sit for an hour or more playing with the little LEGO guys. He comes up with elaborate fight scenes and adventures. I imagine that someday he'll transfer his imaginings into a bestselling novel and support his parents in their old age. And yet, no matter how hard he tries, those little LEGOs manage to scatter themselves all over the floor. And picking them up? Ha! Those little buggers absolutely REFUSE to go back in their box! Sword-fighting is also fun and C can turn anything into a majestic blade. A piece of his wooden train track becomes Excalibur, a stick becomes a NInja-to, and a kitchen spoon becomes a deadly scimitar. I watch him dodge and parry and imagine that someday he'll be a famous actor and support his parents in their old age. And yet, when all his invisible enemies lie dead on the ground, the swords are left in a jumble on the floor. And, of course, they must stay there JUST IN CASE another battle needs to be fought! How will YOUR little minions support YOU in your old age?
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@SIMPLYD (78827)
• Philippines
28 Apr 16
Don't worry , he will support you in your old age . Meanwhile just let him play those things that makes him happy . And those mess , that's better than a tidy house yet the child is just there in a corner , reading but no physical exertion out of playing . By the way , how old is he ?
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
28 Apr 16
This was several years ago. He's almost 7 now...and still loves playing with play-doh, LEGOS and toy swords.
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@SIMPLYD (78827)
• Philippines
28 Apr 16
@Genipher Just let him play whenever he likes . He needs it for growing up.
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
28 Apr 16
@SIMPLYD Sometimes I wish I could go back, just for a day or two, and be a kid again. Just play and have the energy to run around for hours on end with no adult responsibilities. The only thing to whine about would be doing the dishes. Ah, the good ol' days. Yeah, my kiddos get plenty of play time. We home school, so they get their lessons done asap so they can have the rest of the day to do what THEY want to do. But it's a good reminder, rebel. :)
@Missmwngi (9573)
• Nairobi, Kenya
26 Apr 16
Ha haa at 9 months it is hard to tell but with his eating habits and strength he might end up playing rugby lol
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
There you go! You're taken care of! Well, I guess it's more like in 18 years you'll be taken care of! Because kids automatically take responsibility and help their parents out when they've hit that magical number, right? Don't burst my bubble here...
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@sharon6345 (122169)
• United States
26 Apr 16
i use to eat play doh
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
That is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. How dare you come here to tell me that? Don't ever come back here. Just joking. Did you eat Elmers glue, too? Maybe you could start a restaurant for children? Play-doh sandwiches, Elmer's glue soup, and Booger Horsd'oeuvres. Okay, now I'm making myself dry heave. Ew. Enough of that.
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@sishy7 (27651)
• Australia
28 Apr 16
I remember how my whole house was constantly a mess when my sons were young... Yeah, my four little minions are now all teens/early 20s and they at least support me by keeping the mess only in their rooms now.
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@amadeo (64200)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Not sure.But will see.It is due
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