Mother of the Year


I just told JZ that I’m not building any more Lego kits and that if he can’t put the thing together without crying then we needed to put it up until his father gets home (Friday).

I HAAAAATE building stuff like that, but I could suck it up and deal if the child was actually enjoying himself. But he isn’t. He gets frustrated about 1/4 of the way in and wailing, moaning, and crying ensue (and JZ doesn’t behave much better *rimshot*). Now, I understand it’s disheartening to try to assemble a bunch of little pieces into a specific, recognizable form when you just aren’t understanding the directions….but it’s also kind of not my problem. He’s the one who keeps picking out these kits. I’m not foisting them upon him as a form of psychological torture. I’d be happy never to see another bloody box of Legos come through my front door. They are all suggested for 7-12 years old and JZ’s only 6 (and not over-endowed in the fine motor skills department). Yet even though he has a hard time, every time, he still insists on buying them – even though he must remember how much trouble he had with the last one.

Anyway, I figure I get a pass on at least one subject of my choosing. I do everything for these kids, all week long; not just day-to-day maintenance but putting up with t.v. shows and activities I don’t personally enjoy but allow because they like them. I think I should be allowed to recuse myself from participation in one pastime that I loathe. I’m simply not a model-building sort of person. It’s a bit too much like putting together jigsaw puzzles – another activity I’ve never liked.

I’ve also explained to Johnny that Legos are supposed to be fun and that if he isn’t having fun he should put it up for a while. I don’t mean he should be a quitter and abandon a project because it’s hard; I’m simply talking about taking a break and picking it up again at another time when he’s not so wound up. For some reason he doesn’t quite seem to get that and soldiers on for entirely too long, gushing angst the whole way. And so it continues. Someone really should have informed the Bush administration that all that waterboarding was unnecessary. All they really needed to do was place their suspects in a room with a melodramatic six-year-old who couldn’t figure out his Lego castle and they’d have confessed to anything just to get the kid removed.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

2 responses »

  1. I do the same thing. I refuse to put those darned things together. I HATE them with a passion. I tell the boys those are “daddy toys” and that only daddies know how to put them together. Mommy doesn’t know how and isn’t even going to try and I even go a step further because I won’t let them buy them while Tim is gone because I know they… like JZ will end up getting frustrated and crying about not being able to put them together and I am not even willing to attempt it one time.

  2. I can’t blame you for not wanting to do the construction for him. It is his toy and he should be having fun. I agree with putting it away til he can deal with it himself. Since he insists on buying new sets, I think that means he has an aptitude…he just needs to be a bit older.

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