Giving Back

From Jaime – Friday Mom:
Last weekend, Andrew was in the middle of a massive meltdown. He had tried negotiating his way into what he wanted and when that didn’t work, he lost it. I’m talking hands on the hips, veins popping out of the forehead, kicking and screaming, red face, yelling “THAT’S JUST NOT FAIR” at the top of his lungs.

Yeah, it was fun.

That was when we hit him with, “Hey, bud. It’s too bad you’re so upset. You can’t enjoy your surprise if you’re so upset.”

That got his attention. “Surprise? Where is it? What is it?”

So we bundled him up, loaded him into the car and took him to the mall. (This is how much I love this kid. I avoid the mall like the plague this time of year…) We walked him through the mall to…the Build A Bear store.

Before he tore over to check out all the animals, Hubby picked Andrew up and explained what we were doing there. “Andrew, you’re going to make 2 animals. One is for you. The other, you’re going to give to another child.”

At that point, Andrew gave him the “WHAT are you talking about, Daddy?” look.

Hubby continued to explain that some people can’t afford to buy presents, so if Andrew gives away a bear, some kid would get a present who wouldn’t be able to have one otherwise.

Andrew surveyed all his options, checking out bears, rabbits, snow men, reindeer and doggies, before making his choices. He worked the pedals to fill them with stuffing and put a red heart inside each one.

He insisted on carrying both animals through the mall inside their boxes. I really expected him to freak out when the time came to give away one of the toys. Instead, he looked inside both boxes and decided that he wanted to keep the bunny rabbit (cleverly named “bunny”).

We boxed up the bear and Andrew happily placed it inside the Toys for Tots box. We were so proud of him.
Hopefully he learned that sometimes it feels pretty good doing something nice for someone else.

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