01 Feb 2012

His Choice

12 Comments Family, Toddler

This was my conversation with G as I brushed his teeth:

G:  Brian wouldn’t let me play with new friends today.

Me: What do you mean?

G:  I needed to play with Ben and Cody, and Brian told me I couldn’t.

Me: You mean the teachers told you you needed to play with different kids?

G:  No, I just thought it’d be good to play with some new friends.

Me: And what did Brian say?

G:  That I needed to keep playing with him and not the other friends.

Me: Well, did you tell Brian that it’s YOUR choice who you play with and that you’d still be his friend even if you play with other kids?

G:  (Slapping his forehead for effect) Oh! I forgot to say that!

Me: That’s ok. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what to say.

G:  I think he confused me.

Me: Do you want to practice for next time?

G:  OK.

Me: Ok, I’ll be Brian and you be you.

G:  “I want to go play with other kids.”

Me: “No! You have to stay here!”

G:  “I think it’s good to play with other kids. You’ll still be my best friend.”

Me: “No! You have to play with me.”

G:  (blank stare)

Me: Tell him its your choice and you can do what you feel is right.

G:   “It’s my choice!”

Me: Good!!

G:  Ok, I’m going to tell Brian tomorrow! He has to let me play with other friends. It’s my choice.

And then I melted and thanked God for these moments with this kid.

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Lisa Arch likes being a working actress... but LOVES being a Mom!

12 Responses to “His Choice”

  1. Reply Maegan (@ByndTheBandaids) says:

    amazing… that was the best post I think I’ve read all day.
    You rock!

  2. Reply Milaka says:

    G is so awesome! I love the smacking his forehead part.

    Have I told you lately (or at all) that you’re a great mom? You are!

  3. Reply Melaina25 says:

    I’m anxiously anticipating Part 2 of this story 🙂

  4. Reply Patty at A Day in My NYC says:

    Such a precious conversation! I love it, he’s just such a smart boy! 🙂

  5. Reply Leanne says:

    And that is why we have kids. And the best part, from time to time, they make you feel like you know what the heck this parenting thing is all about.

    • Reply flawlessmom says:

      Leanne, yes!! That was the best part, the whole thing where he made me feel like I knew what I was doing. Because really, do any of us?

  6. Reply TracyK says:


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