March 13, 2007 8:17am CST
my daughter got an animal balloon yesterday. after a while the balloon unraveled and it didn't look like a mouse anymore. she was so upset and started crying asking me to fix it. i told her i didn't know how. after a while she calmed down. then she went into my room and saw the broken balloon again, she started bawling again. saying we should go back, maybe the clown can fix it or give her a new one. after a while she calmed down again. then 10 minutes later she saw the balloon again and started again. i'm like ok can we through the balloon out now cause every time you see it you cry. it was so funny, as soon as she'd see it her little face changed and the tears started comming but she didn't want to through it away.
• United States
15 Mar 07
I am sorry to say but I would have made the dieing mouse disappear. When she asked about it I would act dumb. Then get her mind on to something ele. She is young and very resilient at this age. Even though it is funny after a while remember not to laugh because it is not funny to her. With most three year olds out of site is out of mind.
15 Mar 07
thanks, yes i know, usually i do the out of sight out of mind thing but i was waiting for her to go to bed to get rid of it. but her dad showed up to visit her and was able to make it back into a mouse (sort of). i didn't laugh at her face. i'm careful not to hurt her feelings by doing that. i sometimes have to leave the room because i don't want to laugh at her. it's funny sometimes when she's being so cute when i'm trying to give her trouble for something and i have to leave so i don't let her know it's ok to be funny and i will forget she's in time out.
• United States
13 Mar 07
I've gone through this kind of thing before too. I think in the end I felt worse over the balloon than they did! I don't know if this will help or if I just got lucky but this is what I did...I bought, for under $10, a balloon animal kit. It came with a bunch of balloons, a small pump and direction on how do twist the balloons. We had tons of fun with it. Here's the good part though, after 20 plus various animals, it wasn't a big deal anymore. They knew that if theirs popped or untwisted we could make a new one and it wasn't the end of the world. We even got to a point where they would ASK to undo one so we could do something else with it. The ones that are easiest are the four legged critters. If you make a dog with an extra long neck, it becomes a giraffe. Long nose...a horse. Long tail...can pass for a cat. You can't really mess up! Mice are pretty good too, mine always had giant ears though. Hope your little girl feels better soon!