I ♥ Faces with Hats!
Our little Madeline always makes me laugh. Today, we were driving around in our van and the girls were begging for gum. We're not picky about treats in our family but gum is something that Mommy retains as a reward for only the very best behavior and the girls are never ever allowed to ask for it!
I explained once again that they couldn't request gum but could only partake of it's fruity sugar-free goodness by being VERY well behaved and then Mommy - without any prompting from them - would magically produce it as a reward for their self control and impeccable good manners (laughing to myself as I said this). I knew that eventually I'd be giving them some gum but I hoped they'd be inspired to behave for as long as possible.
Well, many minutes of blissful silence passed before a small voice (Maddy's) whispered out from the back seat:
"Mommy, I'm not asking for gum."
Daddy and I looked at each other and just cracked up! We love our children so much and right now we're thrilled that we can completely control our two youngest with a 12 cent stick of sugarless gum! As veteran parents of a full grown son, we know it doesn't get easier than this, folks.