Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Huggies, however all opinions and stories expressed are my own.
All parents face different struggles with their children. In this casa, M and Little L are exactly 4 years apart so I am faced with different challenges and milestones each and every day.
Thankfully he’s been potty trained for two years, knows how to dress himself, brush his teeth and is a very self sufficient boy. In fact that has always been my plan — traditionally Chilean or Hispanic men suffer from “mamitis” all of their lives — in other words, they depend on their mamas until…well, they get married then their wives do it all. Easy to blame the men, but it’s us mamas who are the enablers. Ha!
I want him to be responsible, learn how to cook, clean and do laundry. I have already instilled in him a good sense of grooming and we don’t leave the house without combing his hair — no bed head here! Let’s just say his future wife will thank me.
So who ever you are, YOU’RE WELCOME.
Having said all of that, kids are kids and every day I am faced with something new. This week I nearly about lost my head after I gave M permission to cut up old magazines and then realized there was paper…EVERYWHERE!
I had told him he could only do it on the porch, but that didn’t happen. We have hardwood floors and it looked like someone had beaten open a piñata all over the house. I took everything away then said “pick up every bit of paper and throw it in the trash, ¡ahora!” I wasn’t kidding and I wasn’t going to do it for him. He looked at me defyingly and said “No, tu.” (No you).
I put Little L down in her crib, got down to his level and said “Me vas a recoger TODOS los papeles en esta pieza y los vas a botar a la basura. Si quieres cortar papeles tienes que aprender a ordenar.” And I left the room. I heard him make noise in his room, moving things around and then a while later asked me to come and see. I walked and and all the papers were gone — I was suspicious, when I didn’t see them in the trash bin. He was staring at me with a sweet smile and said “Lo hice mami” (I did it). I turned slowly to look towards the closet and there under the bed were a pair of my shoes STUFFED with the papers I had told him to throw away.
He had purposely put them there to defy me.
I turned back to look at him furious but keeping my cool and said “throw those papers away now. I am not going to tell you again.” That time he really took me seriously (I think it was that look and my “I’m not joking around” voice that got to him) and without a word did what I asked.
He’s a very smart, sweet, funny yet very stubborn boy and as difficult it is to be the bad guy, I have to establish the rules early on otherwise he is going to eat me alive when he’s a teen!
As you know, this is part of my partnership with Huggies Latino so you will see a few more of me talking babies, caca and parenting! Take a look at this cute second webisode (in Spanish) and don’t forget to grab a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design (to avoid messy moments!) and Huggies Natural Care Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers for those “other” parenting challenges!
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