Touch of Spice

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I was thrilled when it occurred to me that when daylight savings time hits, the girls will automatically go to bed an hour earlier -- no adjustments needed. My glee fled the next morning when Nikki woke me at 6 a.m and it occurred to me that when we "fall back" it would be 5 a.m.

I'm not sure how to make this a winning situation.

The number of sleepless nights is tapering off as the girls get older, but they are by no means over. Take last night for example.

Katie came into my room at about 4 a.m. and crawled into bed. She doesn't do it often, so I always let her. She stays until I can no longer breath (being cramped between two immovable bodies) then I take her back to her room.

Last night she left willingly, but only got as far as the couch. When I heard her call for a drink, I trudged to the kitchen for it.

I checked Nikki and found her on the floor of her bedroom watching a movie.

That was kind of odd. She can't climb out of her bed and she definitely can't reach the VCR.

I discovered this morning that she woke about 3 a.m. and wasn't ready to go back to sleep. She woke Katie with her crying and Katie wasn't ready either.

My husband was ready to sleep, thus, the movie.

That's not the first time Disney -- or a similar producer -- has come to the rescue.

Movies are great for rainy mornings, times when you just have to concentrate on the task at hand or need a shower.

And, because so many children's movies are made with adults in mind, you don't mind sitting down and watching them, too. Well, mostly.

Right now the ranking favorites are "puppies" (101 Dalmations), "donkey" (Shrek), "princess" (Beauty and the Beast) and "mouse" (Stuart Little).

They are all movies I enjoyed. I even enjoyed them the tenth time. It's the 53rd time when I'm searching the archives for a new alternative.

See, with kids, it's feast or famine.

When I was pretty insecure about being a working mother and upset each morning when I left them with the baby-sitter, Katie wouldn't so much as look at me as soon as I set her down. She was off to the toy box to empty it out and make sure each one was accounted for. She'd toss a careless goodbye over her shoulder and promptly forget about me.

I spent more time than I should've coaxing her into missing me a little.

Sure, it was great that she was happy and comfortable, but throw me a bone, would ya?

Now, the situation is the opposite. She won't let me put her down when we arrive at the sitter's and never fails to engage me in a game that will keep me near. She won't kiss me goodbye, knowing that I'll stay until I get one.

I spend more time than I should coaxing her into letting me go.

Really, it's one extreme or the other.

Conversely, Nikki's fine with me leaving. She's a little better about meeting me in the middle in that she'll make me feel loved and be OK with my leaving.

Kids do the same thing with food. They love it one day, and just when you've bought enough to share with a small country, they're over it.

I made this (recommended for kids) casserole that included noodles, tomato sauce and lots of cheese. After every single bite, Katie rubbed her stomach and said "mmm, good taste."

Parents know that finding food a kid will eat is a huge deal, so I decided then and there that we were having that particular dish every other night.

We really didn't, but the next time I served it, Katie took one bite and headed back to Disney.

It was a crushing blow.

Fickle kids.

What are you going to do. Parenthood is a time for experimentation and children give you plenty of reasons to get creative.

Luckily, Disney can come to your rescue when you're in need of

a break.

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