Posted by on March 26, 2014

Children, I believe I’ve given you a terrible disservice by not limiting your minute by minute desires. It is rare that you are ever overstimulated by too much good stuff. Even as babies, you were surrounded by a multitude of toys to keep you busy and happy. Now as young children, your rattles and playmates have been replaced by electronic devices, Barbies, LEGOS and your favorite tv shows.
Also, as you have gotten older, we allowed you to make choices in the foods you eat. It’s due to the fact that 9 times out of 10 you usually pick a fruit or veggie to munch on (and what parent would complain about that?!)
For the most part, our family life isn’t in too much turmoil but once in a while you crazy and somewhat childlike selfishness affects the family. Primarily, your father and myself.

I’m proposing that we reintroduce a better solution to bring harmony back into the family. It’s called the game of CHOOSE ONE.

You may use the iPad to play a game or watch that episode of Dora The Explorer you’ve seen 46 times.

You may get out your entire inventory of LEGOS and spread them all over the living room floor or ride your bike outside for your normal amount of time of 12 seconds.

You may tell your sister that you want to play Minecraft while Peppa Pig is on or you can wait and occupy yourself with something else until the episode is over in another room so you aren’t tempted to bug her.
You come into the kitchen and make a choice about which snack you want or you can eat what I choose without whining, screaming, or making any grumpy noises whatsoever.
You can willingly take a bath without complaining accompanied by your toys but not your sister or you can have a package of baby wipes and some privacy.
You can go play in your room while dad and I get to watch a movie that has lots of people saying the f-word and probably a nekid scene or you can go to your room, go to bed and make big sobbing complaints to your action hero figures.

Not that you don’t deserve to get your way sometimes. You guys are good kids most of the time.

But daddy and I came first and we give up A LOT of what we love for the two of you….willingly

Once in a while, you can throw us a bone, remember we are here too.

You know, the ones that buy the toys, TVs, food, snacks, electronic devices, Wifi, and other things you love.

Hmmmm….. Ready to play now?




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  1. Julie Gardner
    March 26, 2014

    Yes. Yes. Yes.

    Start this Choose One routine now OR proceed with parenting at your own risk.

    The Mother Of Two Teenagers.

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