Just trust us a little, Henry

We have a standard bedtime routine of reading from The Book of Mormon, singing a song, and having family prayer.  Henry’s favorite songs are “I am a Child of God,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” and, most avidly, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” which he pronounces as “Uncle Door.”  He really, really wants to sing one of these songs every night and is sure we won’t listen to him unless he screams his preference at the top of his lungs.  He’ll even scream at us if he thinks we’re singing the verses of “The Wheels on the Bus” in the wrong order.  We’ll be trying to sing “The wipers on the bus go swish-swish-swish” and he’ll be shouting “NO!  Baby!” because his favorite verse is the one where the baby on the bus goes waaa, waaa, waaa.  (I like that verse too, except for that Ike’s version of the baby crying waa-waa-waa is pretty eardrum-piercing.  I also like the verse where the mom says shh-shh-shh.)

So, the other night at bedtime Dean asked Mabel what song she wanted to sing, and she started to say, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but before she could finish she was interrupted by Henry screaming at the top of his lungs, “NO!  UNCLE DOOR!”

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5 Responses to Just trust us a little, Henry

  1. Thora says:

    I think two and three year olds are funny (when it’s not your own kid doing it – then it’s usually frustrating), because they have such set ideas of how things MUST be done, and if you go outside their preconceived ideas of order, they’ll let you know – usually by screaming at you. Just this morning we were having some sugar cereal to celebrate my half birthday, and I took some Berry Kids Crunch (local off brand), and Lydia about had a meltdown – after all, it’s a Kid’s cereal, and she’s a kid, so it was obviously her very own and personal cereal. Maybe trust that you’ll follow the order comes when kids reach four?

  2. Annette says:

    Gotta love how kids automatically assume they won’t get what they want.

    I hope they grow out of it, but since I’ve got a teenager who still does it, I don’t have much hope. 🙂

  3. Aunt Ginger says:

    Our ward primary chorister is a magician. She has turned a normally scraggly bunch of shouting, screaming, or non-singing kids into truly melodic and well-behaved singers. She uses cue signs to get them to try to sing as she wants them to. If they are screaming instead of singing she holds up a red-faced person which signals them stop screaming and instead sing. When they respond properly, she holds up a green thumbs up or something like that.

    Her success is hampered only by one child who is absolutely a monotone–a girl who “sings” one note one octave lower than any note in the song being sung. I try to think of that child as a low organ peddle, but that is stretching it pretty FAR!

    Maybe you need to make Henry some signs on sticks ? He can use them to choose his song and get the others to sing nicely, too.

    Good luck!

    Aunt Ginger

  4. Aunt Ginger says:

    I’ve been with our seven grandkids for the past three days here in Mesa. I was surprised by how much any language skills helps a toddler with behavior. Rose-Ellen has taught little Natalie (now about 14 months) lots of signs. She can tell us when she is hungry, when she is done, thank you and please, and quite a few other signs. She has some words, as well, which also help. When she gets frustrated, her mom reminds her to use her words, and she calms right down.
    Little Sam, two weeks younger, isn’t as proficient in language, yet, and he has a hard time getting us to do what he wants without crying and fussing.

    I think learning a language can be as frustrating for children as it is for an old adult like myself!

    Aunt Ginger

  5. Uncle door sounds like a big hit! Today my two year old cried for about 10 minutes because daddy left his computer at home. She made me call him on the phone so he could reassure her it would be fine. Geesh, I thought *I* was controlling. 🙂

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