Thursday, November 29, 2007

This Will Hurt Me More Than it Hurts You

I thought that random acts of violence were on the way out here in the Farklepants household. Fighting amongst siblings still takes place but actual physical combat hasn't been a problem since the summertime cabin fever episode. I attributed the newfound lack of fisticuffs to my oldest son becoming a bit more mature and the younger starting to develop similar interests. I hate punishing my kids. I always feel like a giant cup of crap soup immediately after. Sure I feel justified at the moment punishment is called for, but when I see tears well up in their eyes or I know that their current grounding will keep them from doing something they've really had their heart set on...I dunno. It's one of those situations that makes it to the "hard part about being a parent" side of the pro/con list. But, punishment is necessary sometimes; like, oh, say when the oldest son kicks the youngest son in the stomach. And that's not a "what if" scenario. That just happened. Twenty minutes ago. And that kind of thing demands appropriate sentencing. And, less importantly, what a lame ass thing to do with Christmas less than a month away.

Even though I know that Boy-Child#1 is more upset because he's been punished rather than remorseful for the kung-fu move he dealt Boy-Child#2; I still wanna hug him when all is said and done. And I have to apply stealth-like ninja moves on myself to keep from doing so.

**this entry was written last evening and posted this morning. This did not happen before breakfast today. Boy-Child#1 isn't that awful to kick his younger brother's ass before younger brother has had his Fruit Loops**

4 comments:

All Adither said...

Fruit Loops are essential.

JCK said...

Fruit loops! Classic.

Ahhh..what I have to look forward to. Right now it is just bashing each other over the head with blunt instruments. You know..Thomas the Tank Engine, Buzz Lightyear, the entire toy kitchen utensils box.

Thanks for coming by my blog! I have to say when I see your name pop up...I just have to smile. Tootsie Farklepants. Now THAT is a name. Real or no. :)

Mrs. G. said...

Nobody should get an ass kicking before their fruit loops or coffee. I think it's in the Constitution.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

All Adither~ Fruit Loops are key in our house.

jck~ ah yes, the blunt objects. When my oldest son was a toddler, his little toddler buddy threw a Hot Wheels car at my son's head. Head wounds bleed. A LOT. And scare the crap out of parents. I did not handle that episode well. I was not calm.

mrs. g~ I believe you're right.