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Wacky Wednesday – 1, 2, 3, Magic!

Breast Cancer isn’t really very funny. Parenthood, however, I will admit can be really really funny. And I do try to laugh at myself as often as possible. When you combine That Girl, That Guy, and My Girls, you get a pretty Wacky life. When I was a child, probably when I was learning to read, one of my favorite books was “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss. Since we constantly talk about how wacky my oldest is, some Wednesdays I will be sharing what I think are pretty Wacky stories, quotes, and silliness from our lives. Enjoy!

I believe I have mentioned before that while she is handling the world flipping upside down year as well as can be expected, That Little Girl has acted out and had a lot of questions. We answer her as best as we can in a way that is age appropriate, but sometimes she just is a preschooler and throws fits, doesn’t answer, and acts like she is a teenager. So there’s the honesty.

For the last few years, I feel like all I do is count to three. It is not always effective. I’d say we have a 50/50 success rate. Recently, someone with some expertise in the field asked me if I knew about 1,2,3 Magic. My response, “I know about 1, 2, 3, but I don’t know about the ‘magic’. What is the Magic?” Oh silly me! Apparently we have been missing the magic. Well, as it turns out, the magic is not something the parent can make, it is something the child provides. Yup, we don’t get magic after three. We get a whole lot of the same old, same old.

For the last week or so we have been trying a new approach she suggested. We start at five and count backward. Jackpot! It has seriously worked every single time! I have thrown in a few 1, 2, 3’s out of habit and curiosity. Nothing. Next time, start at 5 and we’ve got Magic! Sometimes I honestly can’t keep a straight face, but luckily That Little Girl is too busy getting busy on whatever it is she should have been doing in the first place to notice my facial expressions of disbelief, amusement, and amazement!

Throwing this out there for all you parents of strong smart kiddos determined to be true to their own thing! Hope it helps, but seriously why does this work? Someone must know?

 

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