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I think it’s pretty clear to anyone who reads this blog by now, that I’m a little off kilter sometimes. I don’t deny this.
Such is the case lately when I watch Will around other babies. You have a bunch of babies on the floor. Some can crawl, others can roll and the older ones walk around. I leave Will with a few toys to play with and everyone is having a good time. But then one of the other kids decides to take Will’s toy away from him.
I know sharing is a good thing. I passed sharing with flying colors in kindergarten. And I know we’re talking about babies here who by definition cannot possibly hold any intentional ill will.
But even though I know all this, I have to admit that when another baby steals my kid’s toy I want to run over, snatch his toy back and set up a Baby Fight Club where Will would exact his revenge with a pound of flesh.
And I’ll take this opportunity to say that in no way am I condoning violence against babies, so any of you uptight lurkers out there just get your panties out of their proverbial bunch. All I’m saying is that I’m getting a taste of how difficult it’s going to be not to do things for Will as he gets older.
It starts at home when I try to get him to crawl. I put his toys juuuuust out of reach when he’s on the floor in the hopes that’ll spur him on to crawl toward them. But after a while he gets so frustrated and he starts to cry. I admit that a lot of the times I push the toy back within his reach because I feel bad. And when he’s older and kids begin messing with him, I’ll want to fight his battles for him even though I know I can’t. The urge to protect your own is just a lot stronger than I ever imagined.
But you have to admit, Baby Fight Club does sound kind of cool. I think I’ve posted this video before, but this is absolutely how my friends and I act with our kids!