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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Parental Dilemmas

As I snuggled next to my sleeping 16-month-old son last night, I pondered the great questions that afflict parents of boys:
1) How can I keep him always this safe and warm and secure, without having him always nestled in my armpit?
2) What can I do to get this boy to keep his pants on?

17 comments:

Barb said...

Those days of him being nestled in your armpit will disappear all too soon...

lissla lissar said...

I have no idea about the pants. Any suggestion on how to keep a 2 year old's hands out of his diaper?

Darwin said...

In the short term, suspenders or over-feeding might help.

In the longer term... This is every parent's worry.

Anonymous said...

The Blackadder Says:

For my kids, I plan to inculcate in them a strong love for Star Trek, superheroes, fantasy novels, etc., in the hopes that the resulting social ostracism will keep them well protected. :)

mrsdarwin said...

Jack's problem is that he's a skinny little guy who has such a small waist that he's constantly walking out of pants that fit lengthwise but not widthwise. Or, in the case of last night, he wriggles out of his pajama pants while flopping around in the bed.

Anonymous said...

Two problems-one solution

Duct tape.

Barb said...

When we adopted John, he was so skinny that we had to put him in suspenders all the time and in the winter, I bought him those footed pjs that actually snapped at the waist so that they wouldn't fall off..I don't know if you can still get those however.

lissla lissar said...

Our kid can say (and does say, frequently) "Doctor. Tardis. Davros. Dalek."


I am the only mum at playgroup standing behind her son, saying, "Why don't you paint a Dalek?"

The social ostracism should eventually keep him from dating. His Dad still found someone, though...

CMinor said...

Suspenders or overalls, and try to find a brand of slim-cut pants that works for him. They're in right now, which should help.

(Note: when you're handing stuff down, ultra-slim pants are gold for parents with similarly-built kids!)

cliff said...

Sleeper one-piece jammies with feet.

Barb said...

Actually, I put him in overalls, not suspenders. My brain is getting a bit fuzzy lately...

joyfulpapist said...

When my granddaughter was 3 or 4, one of the garages was giving away cheap dolls with very short dresses and no underpants. I'd say, "that's not modest" and we'd go to my fabric and ribbon stash and spend a few minutes making an ankle length dress and some undies.

At nearly 10, and almost adult sized with puberty breathing down her neck, she still retains the 'modest' idea; she designs her own clothes to be modest versions of modern fashion.

Yes!!

Let's see if it survives puberty and adolescence.

joyfulpapist said...

Garage = service station? A place where they sell oil? Have I got the dialect right?

Darwin said...

On the dialect question, the trick is that the old fashioned "service station" which sells gas, oil, some parts, and does low level auto repair has mostly been deplaced (at least in the parts of the country I've lived in) by the "gas station" which sells only gas (and maybe has a convenience store for junk food, soft drinks, and perhaps a few bottles of motor oil and other car items) and various types of auto repair garages, which don't sell gas. There are also quick-stop "lube" places where you can get your oil changed while you wait -- but they sell neither gas nor other repair work.

The gas station is where you regularly stop.

Bill Hoog said...

On question 1, if you try to keep him safe & secure, he will way too quickly find ways to do dangerous things. (This is from the father of two marines & two sailor!)

In actuality, they are the Lord's. He'll provide all the safety, warmth, & security they need.

On question 2, have you tried onesies & duct tape?

geeklady said...

On question two, most of GeekBaby's pants have belt loops, but he's a chubby little monster, so I don't need assistance to keep them up. You could try suspenders, or you can get some cotton belting and buckles from a fabric store and make him some little belts. I made one like this for his Halloween Costume (Link) and it stayed on very well. http://www.flickr.com/photos/geeklady/4098261186/

Tony said...

1) How can I keep him always this safe and warm and secure, without having him always nestled in my armpit?

Cable ties, duct tape and bubble wrap.

2) What can I do to get this boy to keep his pants on?

Cable ties, duct tape and bubble wrap. :)