Sometimes as a mom you come up with great ideas, and sometimes not so much. Chalk this little “Crying Game” experiment up into the “not so much” column and let it be a warning to others out there who have thought to do the same.
You see, my kids cry a lot. And not in the legitimate “I have really hurt myself or am really sick or sad” kind of way, but in the “what do you mean I can’t have a brownie for breakfast/my fingernail broke/my brother is looking at me funny/you turned off the TV/ the iPad battery just died” kind of way. And it is exhausting.
So, in an ill conceived attempt to nip this fake crying in the bud, I devised the “Crying Game”.
Anytime a child was found to be crying for a not very good reason then they got a tick in their Crying Game column. At the end of the week, whoever has the LEAST number of ticks wins a special prize (see tooth tunes toothbrush at left).
It seemed as though DS7 would win by a landslide early in the week but sure enough he came through with quite a number of iPad/Skylander/Food related fits and soon caught up. It was an epic battle to the finish!
However, there were several major fails with this experiment:
Fail #1: There was epic drama every time DS5 got a tick, which led to many protracted crying fits. Which then led to more ticks, more crying, more drama, repeat…..
Fail #2: Both boys would scratch off ticks when I was not looking and then fink on the other for cheating. Much fighting and drama ensued.
Fail #3: At the end of the week DS7 was crowned the winner! The prize was a Tooth Tunes Toothbrush sent from our friends at KidzBop. DS5 of course had the mother of all meltdowns at the thought of losing the coveted singing toothbrush and eventually I caved and purchased another on Amazon (not realizing you can get them at Wal-Mart – fail #4) for about the same cost as a small Rancher out here in the burbs. Big time fail by mom.
So if you ever think of trying the Crying Game – think the 80’s noir-drama and not my version!