"Mama! We forgot to stop at the driveway!"
"It's ok, Kale. I saw there were no cars. Let's keep going."
"NOOOOOOO! GO BACK AND STOP AT THE DRIVEWAY."
"Kale, it's ok. We've already passed the driveway and we're safe. Let's keep walking."
"NOOOOOOO! MAMA! GO BACK TO THE DRIVEWAY! LET'S GO."
And then I walk back thirty feet and stop at the driveway, look for cars, and keep walking. You may think I'm a pushover. That's ok. I personally call this technique "tantrum avoidance."
You see, Kale is, errr....persistant. Borderline obsessive perhaps. Kris loves to point out that this is a characteristic I've passed on to Kale. We're both Taurus's after all. I like to point out that Kale is two and obsession is a toddlers best friend.
Besides being obsessed with stopping at driveways, Kale is also pretty crazy about:
Running. It's his number one obsession and a long standing one. As soon as we walk in the door after work, he grabs our hand and ask "run with me, mama and uppa? PUT YOUR RUNNING HANDLES ON!" I'm not sure where "running handles" came from, but it basically requires you to hold your hands in fists. If you forget your running handles, you are in TROU-BLE!
Playing in the leaves. We live in a neighbourhood with lots of old trees and these days you can barely see the sidewalks and roads for all the leaves that cover the ground. Kale loves rolling around in them, throwing them in the sky, and filling up my purse so he can take them to feed the chickens on the way home from school.
Splashing in the puddles. There is a basketball court at our local park and when it rains, a giant puddle collects in the middle of it. Kale is like a moth to a flame with this puddle and could spend hours running and splashing in it (which is exactly what we did on a very cold Saturday evening this past weekend).
Other random obsessions:
- Bouncing balls
- Singing 'Old McDonald'
- Cleaning lint out from between his toes (Whaaaaat??)
- Wearing red pants
So now that you know my kid is straight up nuts, tell me - what's your kid obsessed with??
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