Stop!

Recently I’ve found myself the referee in a sort of squabble that I find so amusing it’s difficult to actually bring about a peaceable solution. Bella will be singing and Sophie will tell her to stop. Whereupon Bella bursts into tears and comes running, complaining that “Sophie won’t let me sing!!!”

I try to reason with her to no avail. Why don’t you just ignore her? She can’t really do anything to make you stop singing. She has no authority over you? But of course reason doesn’t work with a three year-old.

So once I stop laughing, I try to get Sophie to stop saying ‘stop.’ Which is almost as futile as reasoning with Bella.

The upshot: I’ll probably be dealing with this until one or the other grows out of it.

It’s still funny now—except when Ben is sleeping or my nerves are frayed. But each iteration brings me a bit closer to the point where I’m going to start banging my head against the wall in frustration.

2 Responses to Stop!

  1. Colleen January 26, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    Hi Melanie,
      I was wondering if you would be going to the Boston Catholic Women’s Conference.  I’ll be there and hope to maybe meet you!  Also, I’m having a giveaway on my blog with some items perfect for a stay-at-home mommy like you smile

  2. Melanie Bettinelli January 26, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    Hi Colleen,

    Oh somehow I’d almost forgotten about the Boston Catholic Women’s Conference. I sor of knew it was coming but hadn’t really noted the dates. I was really hoping to go this year and it looked pretty feasible. However… I just looked at the calendar for the first time and my best friend from college is arriving on Friday Feb 26. She lives in Seattle and I haven’t seen her in a couple of years. So probably I won’t be able to go.

    Shucks that stinks, cause I’d really like to meet you. Any chance you might be coming to the Catholic New Media Celebration on August 7?

    I will pop over to your blog and check out your giveaway.

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