so much for parent-child bonding

Tonight after dinner was over, Dan went downstairs to workout. (We’re attempting a Mommy-Daddy Workout Rotation throughout the week. Today is one day in a row that it actually happened when we came up with the plan 2 weeks ago. WE ARE SO DEDICATED.)

Maggie and I headed up to her room for some playtime so Dan could grunt and sweat and lift weights and pick his teeth in peace.

She got out her plastic Little People Farm blocks and started putting them on the green base. I figured, hey, we’re playing TOGETHER so I’ll do it too!

I put a block on the corner of the base.

Maggie, moving it to a different spot: “NO! Not dare, DARE!”

Me: “Oh okay, sorry.”

Me: “How about this white block? Does it go here?”

Maggie, pointing emphatically: “NO! It go dare!”

After this happened three or four times in a row… I started playing along with her.

“What about this green one? Does it go here?”


“This round white one? Should it go here? What about here?”


“Man, I really stink at this game.”


Finally I just gave up and let her finish building the farm or whatever, and I entertained myself on my BlackBerry while she played alone. Which is apparently what she wanted all along, because I sure was cramping her style.


  1. Dave

    November 17, 2009 8:17 am

    We’ve been running into a lot of this lately, too! Well, maybe not A LOT, but often enough. The worst part for us the past two or three weeks is the mind-changing or general indecisiveness. (Or, Abby’s desire to drive us crazy on purpose…) She will tell us to do something a certain way, or get her something, and as soon as we do that, we get, “No, I said THAT WAY!!!” or something along those lines. “But you just said you wanted this one, Abby.” “NO! I said THAT ONE!” Argh.

    Regardless, it’s wonderful being around them playing, even if they don’t want your direct participation. I love watching Abby play; she’s growing up so fast! Looks like Maggie is, too!
    .-= Dave’s last blog post: Traditions =-.

  2. Kelly

    November 18, 2009 2:58 pm

    Peanut won’t let us play with him either. I’m so bad at building choo choo tracks, I’m not allowed to touch them. Apparently I have cooties or bad joojoo or something.

  3. Steph

    November 21, 2009 8:54 pm

    Yeah i had a moment to play My Little Ponies with Heidi yesterday, and apparently everything I was doing was wrong too. Here I was thinking that she’d actually ENJOY some mommy-daughter time while the baby was sleeping, but no. Much better playing on her own. :P

  4. LZ @ My Messy Paradise

    November 23, 2009 12:43 pm

    I am rarely allowed to participate when we play. I can watch, but should not dare try to build something or use one of the dolls. But, I especially should not try to walk away. *sigh*
    .-= LZ @ My Messy Paradise’s last blog post: Ho, Ho, Ho! At least that’s what Grandma thinks of me =-.

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