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03/26/2010

How to prepare your toddler for the new baby. Or not.

Boys and girls are different. Okay, I know... no news flash here- but until I had boys I did not realize just HOW different. Which of course reminds me of a story…

When I was pregnant with my second child I bought a little dolly for my first born son who was two years old. I read somewhere in one of my 300 books on pregnancy that this was a good way to help the toddler ‘adjust’ to the new baby. I had visions of Toddler Jack play feeding and play changing the baby doll. I saw sweet moments in my future with that little doll. So when Jack first saw the doll and he was interested and fascinated by the doll's open and closing eyes and tiny clothes I thought smugly to myself ‘This is going well!' Boys can play with dolls just like girls. Why didn’t I do this sooner?". I left him in his room for playtime while I went to go get dinner started. With a peaceful confident heart I floated into the kitchen thinking I had this mom-of-two-kids thing mastered. Minutes later Toddler Jack comes in the room behind me and yells “mommy I love dis baby!” …my back was turned and I continued stirring and smiling and said “that is great honey! Tell mommy why do you love the baby doll?” And then I turned and saw the horror in front of me. Before I could speak Toddler Jack said “cuz dis baby good for golf!”………Thaaaaat's right folks, Toddler Jack was using the new precious baby doll to GOLF a ball around the house. He was swinging that poor doll by its feet and knocking the ball with the head.

Right then and there I realized- Boys and Girls are different. Okay maybe it is that my boys are different. It must be genetic. After their father (ahem). I am happy to report after  my second  child, Tucker, was born, Jack did not try to golf with his little brother.

Okay he tried- but I was on to him by then.

This is an original OC Moms Blog post by humorist Marcy Massura who can be found breaking up her boys' fights at her other place on the internet; The Glamorous Life Association.

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