WARNING: Mommy post straight ahead.
This morning got off to a rough start. As you know, the mini monograms are roughly a year and a half apart. In simple English, this means they are the best of friends and the worst of friends. They are oil & water, salt and pepper, complete opposites in every. single. way. One is a neat freak, one is a slob. And so on and so forth, you get what I'm saying.
Perhaps you've also heard the old saying "opposites attract?"
Well, apparently they woke up on the wrong sides of their beds this morning because they were arguing about every little nit-picky thing this morning and it wasn't even 7:45a.m. GAHHH! Calgon, take me away, already!! Clearly they did not read mommy's memo that it is Summer and she is allowed to have some extra beauty sleep. *sigh* Therefore, me trying to get them out the door and to VBS sounded something along this line (Vacation Bible School: something holy & sacred to Southern Mothers where, whatever your religious beliefs are, your children are welcome with wide open Protestant arms for a week of free-yes, FREE- childcare for approximately 3 hours a day. And this Catholic mom would be a damn fool not to partake in such a gift from God, right?):
Me: GET IN YOUR SEATS, BUCKLE UP, & LOOK OUT UR OWN WINDOW. DON'T EVEN LOOK OR SPEAK 2 EACH OTHER.
Along the way, after I tweeted this for all the world to share in my irritation this morning (I'm a giver like that, what can I say?), I received a few tweets back from other mom's who were in the same boat as I was this morning. Well, it is summertime, so let's face it, it's more like we're all on the same overcrowded, sinking ship. But regardless, one of my friends asked for pointers with her arguing boys and while I'm happy to share one of my favorite STOP ARGUING NOW OR I WILL START DRINKING AND IT'S TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING tips with you that I use on the mini's, keep in mind I am only speaking from my own experience here. Oh and also? Additional tips welcome.
Monogram Momma's Quick Trick to Stopping the [arguing] Insanity
1) When the mini's are consistently arguing and I've already separated them and sent them to their rooms and that still hasn't done the trick, I have them come stand face to face in front of me.
2) They have to wrap their arms around each other, then put their noses together, literally touching.
3) For 3 solid minutes, they BOTH have to repeat while noses are touching and arms are around each other, " I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU..."
4) They are usually giggling before the 3 minutes are up, and believe it or not, for some reason I honestly can't explain, they are happy to run off and play nicely after that 3 minutes in each others face.
Try it, I promise it will work.