I made a rookie mistake the other day.
I introduced the Noodle to something that, in hindsight, could only end in misery for me.
I showed him how to play Ring Around The Rosie.
I know, I know, why would I do something like that? Like I said, rookie mistake. I mean, it’s adorable as all get out, when he grabs my hands and says “ashes ashes ashes ashes momma, ashes!” And the look of joy on his face as we walk in our little circle is really priceless. And the peals of laughter when we “all fall down!” are part of what makes parenting great.
The thing with toddlers, I’ve realized, is that once they’re on a kick, they are ON A KICK. Which means that ONE turn of “ashes” isn’t enough. Or two. Or three. Or even five. Oh no, the Noodle would spin in a circle and fall down for an hour…if Momma could keep up. The problem is, Momma is past the point where spinning until she’s dizzy is always fun. And it’s harder for Momma to fall down from 5’5″ than it is for the Noodle at 38″. And getting up? My knees protest more every time. Oy.
I usually make it through about three runs before I’m toast. That’s when you’re more likely to find me laying down, trying to make the world stop spinning, while the Noodle tries to make me get up again. I hate to turn him away from such a simple game (especially when it means he’s calm! And not throwing a tantrum!), so I start taking longer to get up. I slow the tempo down so we’re not ringing around that rosie so fast. Even then, I only gain another one or two rounds before I have to call it quits.
It is a good lesson though: Before you teach your kids a game–THINK about whether YOU are going to want to play it over and over and over and over again first!