Sunday 27 May 2007

Brushing up on child psychology

Yesterday, while searching through the garage for something else, Mom happened upon an old foam brush. Alice found it fascinating and it became her favorite toy of the moment. This made it intensely fascinating to Charles as well and there was rapidly escalating conflict because, as Charles said, “Alice never let me play with the brush!” (true, since she’d only had it a couple of minutes at that point). Charles ended up being sent ot his room over the issue.

Today we went out to run some errands and ended up at a home improvement store. I had jokingly suggested earlier that the best way to convince the kids that brushes weren’t fun was to buy a whole bunch of them. This came back to haunt me when Mom mentioned that there was a paint section in the store which likely had the foam brushes. I set off to find this “paint section” with children in tow.

Lo and behold, Mom was correct. We located the foam brushes and Mom said that Charles and Alice could each get one brush (she’s such a big spending soft touch). Charles naturally found a “value pack” of 4 different sized brushes. I debated whether that was too much, but heck, the kids can pay their own way through college, so I decided to fork out the entire 97¢ price for the entire pack. However, no good deed goes unpunished. Despite the influx of additional brushes, they remained popular (for a good hour or two) with Charles and Alice. Mom didn’t notice, so don’t tell her or she’ll use it for some heinous mockery.

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