Five minutes…

13 Sep

We have been giving the Turtle a “five minute warning” before we leave somewhere, especially somewhere fun, like Walmart ( 😉 ). We plague the toy section there, pressing buttons on all of the toys and reading the books and whatnot. Now, I used to think the “five minute warning” was a load of airy fairy nonsense. What do small children know of minutes?  Or numbers? “What’s the point?” I thought. “It’s stupid” I said like a sulky teenager to the Hubby, who agreed.

But then I thought about it.  What would it be like to be a small child, playing away at the park or something, then all of a sudden you’re scooped up and away home? I imagine it would be very frustrating. If someone did it to me now, at the ripe old age of 30-something, I would almost certainly pitch a fit. So I gave it a go. And do you know what? It works! Granted, the words “five minutes” will prompt a bit of a moan, but just a slight one. And the best thing about it is that “five minutes” can be a mere 20 seconds long!

In fact, it’s working so well that the other night we were out having dinner and the Turtle was done and wanted to go. And what did he say? “Five minutes Mammy. Going five minutes” with the most earnest look on his face. So cute! And when a two year old adopts your parenting strategies to try and use them on you, well they must work.

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3 Responses to “Five minutes…”

  1. Jemma September 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Hehe! I’ve been doing something similar with Thomas – saying ‘just one more’ and holding up one finger. Now if he signs for more of something and I look remotely hesitant, he holds up one finger with a pleading look on his face! Soooo cute!

  2. isadori September 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Bah, the novelty has worn off already! I’m sticking with it but he’s starting to ask for ‘one more’ after he’s already had one more. Darn!

  3. Tammy Hanna September 15, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    That is adorable. Jake has adopted our “Just one more, just one,” complete with holding up index finger and very serious face, when we tell him it’s time to stop something and he wants more.

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