That Was When I Put Peanut Butter in His Navel

two jars of jif peanut butter

Today? Today was an intense day. Not really bad….just wildly intense. Just to give you a few highlights, I started out with over an hour’s discussion with the older boys (before I’d even gotten out of bed in the morning). They weren’t getting along. All told, I think there were 4 major conversations, ranging from relationship and self-confidence issues, being cool in public, to nuclear attacks and the resulting fallout.

By dinner time I was wiped out.

Anyhow, two additional issues today were Captain Earthquake throwing fits because he wasn’t in the mood to do his schoolwork. I very calmly gave him a choice the first time: do it now with a pleasant demeanor or go hang out in his room until Hubby got home and do his work with dad. At the time Hubby wasn’t due home for 6 hours and I quite suddenly had a pleasant hard-working boy on my hands. Yay.

The second one was later in the afternoon. We’d finished lunch and the Captain didn’t want to do his phonics first, he wanted The Manager to do the lesson. He was laying on the floor and the whines were starting. I was just helping myself to a banana and peanut butter when I looked at him and said, “I want to put peanut butter in your belly button.”

Internets, I have no idea where the inspiration came from, but it worked. He thought that was the funniest thing ever and said yes. So I took a small bit of peanut butter, smeared it on his belly and he ran off laughing to show big brothers.

A few minutes later he was all cleaned up and cheerfully did his phonics and life was good.

Chances are this isn’t a parenting technique that I can repeat, but it did work the first time. I’m going to call that a success and walk away.

Have you done anything nutty* to get a laugh out of your kids?

*Ooooh, ouch. Didn’t intend that pun when I wrote it.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Jenny May 9, 2009, 9:28 pm

    I have those days where I just get wiped out after doing the smallest stuff. It’s aweful. But it’s worth it.

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  • showbiz news philippines May 10, 2009, 11:02 pm

    your article brings laughter i mean, happiness. It is so cool how you handled your child’s tantrums. awesome post! thanks!

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  • karla the doing bussines in the philipines May 10, 2009, 11:49 pm

    Very nice deed. Good luck on your kids Amy. I know that you will be at your best for your kids. Your a good mom. 🙂

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  • KY's Commonwealth Eye Surgery May 11, 2009, 5:57 am

    funny post
    so cute 🙂

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  • Amy May 14, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Jenny, some days can be exhausting, can’t they?

    showbiz news, thanks. 🙂 I don’t always do well on the humor front, so I’m glad that this one worked out.

    Karla, thanks! I’m very very very far from perfect but hopefully they won’t wind up in counseling because of me.

    KY’s Commonwealth Eye Surgery, glad you chuckled!

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  • Postcard Mailing June 5, 2009, 2:58 am

    Now that’s something I’ve never heard of before! But hey, it worked, so good one! 🙂 It just shows how well you know your children, that you get to crack them up and can make them feel better with just the simplest, or nuttiest, of things. Glad you shared this! Some great mom-child bonding experience, thanks!

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