Sometimes, I cave

Along with living on homemade rice milk, candy and g.f. pretzels if I let her, my 2yo Audrey would also watch Noggin 24/7.  She wakes up, and nine times out of ten, the first thing from her sleepy-eyed, tousled head is, “I need Noggin.”  From how often she asks, you’d think that we were total TV junkies.  We’re not, really. 

The temptation is there, sometimes, to plunk her down in front of the TV, I admit.  She has two speeds:  Havoc, and Watching TV.  There’s no middle ground with her.  She is almost insanely active, so when her feet skid to a stop, and she sits down to watch a show, pretty much everyone breathes a collective sigh of relief.

Audrey is, by nature, actually quite polite.  One of her first phrases was a cheerful, high-pitched, sincere, unprompted, “Thank you!!!”  However, she can get quite demanding when she wants something, and extremely displeased when her desires are thwarted.  So, instead of letting her say, “I need Noggin,” I have her ask, “May I please watch Noggin?”  What really gets to her is, after I’ve corrected her, and made her ask nicely, most of the time, my answer is still, “No, not right now,” to letting her watch.  I’m cruel like that.

What with the Olympics, we’d had the TV on for most of the day yesterday.  Though I adore the Olympics, and watch as much as I can, having the TV on for so long really wears on my nerves.  So, I had turned it off, and told the boys, “No more TV.  We’ll turn the Olympics back on in a couple of hours, but for now, don’t even ask, OK?”  It was late afternoon, my hubby had come home from work early — sadly, that’s an extreme rarity — I was exhausted for no good reason, and having tons of painful contractions.  I just wanted, truly, to sit in relative silence, enjoy Martin’s puttering about the house, and rejoice in the fact that he had decided that we would spend part of a gift card/rebate on some take-out from Pei Wei

Then, Audrey awoke from her nap.

She immediately crawled into my lap and with her tiny little voice, started begging for Noggin.  The TV had been off for all of about ten minutes.  No.  No.  No TV.  No TV.  She changed tactics, and started asking politely for “her” channel.  “May I please watch Noggin?  Yes??  Noggin, please???”  Her sweet little voice… her wide, hopeful eyes…  her attempts at politeness… her crazy hair, sticking out all over from her nap…  It got to me.  I caved.  With a big sigh, I said, “OK.  I will turn on Noggin for you.”  She let out an excited gasp.  She clasped her hands together, and with utmost sincerity, pleasure, and thankfulness, she said, “Oh, Mommy!!  You maked me so happy!!!”


Could you resist?


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 14, 2008, in Family, Motherhood, Parenting, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. She sounds so much like my Kelsey… they even have the same carseat…

    I, too give in sometimes. 🙂 It’s too hard to resist!


  2. “Two speeds: Havoc, and Watching TV.”

    Love it!


  3. I believe an occasional cave is good. It teaches children to learn to negotiate and how to pursue what they want in an appropriate manner. Plus, it’s so nice to give a sweet child what they want.

  4. Jamie ~ The same carseat, even?? 🙂 That’s funny.

    Luke ~ Wow… SL royalty on me li’l blog… Glad to amuse you!!! How’s it going being a new father??

    Holly ~ I’ve given a lot of thought to what you wrote. You’re right — negotiating skills are important!! As a mom, though, so much of the time I just can’t deal with four kids “negotiating” at once, and I just want someone to follow instructions!! KWIM? But, you’re also right that it’s such a joy to give sweet children the things they want… And, conversely, such a bummer to have to discipline when what TRULY is in my heart is the desire to reward and bless them.

  5. Oh wow, do I sympathize with this post 😉 You cracked me up with your ‘two speeds’ line — sounds just like home!

    And no way could I resist that grin — she’s a cutie! 😀

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: