And That's Why the Baby is Spoiled

Every family complains that the baby is spoiled. It's true, too. I know in our family it's because we're too tired to fight every battle, and have wizened up enough to know that not every battle is worth fighting. It has little to do with the fact that our baby is the baby. Even if he is almost 8. My own children are too embroiled in their battle cry of "he's so spoiled" to see my side of the story, but Becky had a lightbult moment the other day.

Micah goes to bed with a cup. I know; the height of babying him.  And also, what the heck? But it's true, and it's habit. We could easily break this habit, but in reality it's not hurting a thing. In fact, about half the nights he doesn't even drink anything. He just needs to carry that cup upstairs because it's a bedtime ritual. But because Becky saw the fact that Micah is totally spoiled and babied, she questioned this. I told her the honest answer.

If we don't give him the cup, he'll be mad, and then it'll be unpleasant for everyone involved. I'm just too tired to deal with it this late at night.

So there you have it. Sometimes the truth is unpleasant, but I'm honest enough to admit it. But Becky was quick to agree. "Oh, yeh. I made him mad the other night and he wouldn't go to sleep for over an hour. He purposely kicked and wiggled to keep himself awake, and cried the whole time."

So there you have it. Families spoil the baby because they're too tired to deal with the trivial things. It's easier to give a cup than to battle an hour long fight at bedtime. And other such stories.

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5 comments:

Michelle said...

Yeah... those are the days I put the wee ones to bed before 6pm ;) Fortunately they don't yet get the whole concept of bedtime yet. Soon though, I'll be in trouble :)

Brandie said...

Soooo true!

Trisha said...

And no one should judge . . .

Mia said...

I'm right there with you and my daughter questions it also. But then she thinks about it and also agrees that some things are just not worth the tantrums.

The Sports Mama said...

Well, duh. :)