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Monday, March 10, 2008

Scaredy Cats

So, my boys are chickens. They're scared of anything and everything. Until this year, neither of them would even go onto a different level of the house without someone else being with them. (Tyler has outgrown this now, but I still have it with Zachary.)

In their defense, I know they both have nightmares. Tyler once started describing some of them, and I realized that they have reason to get nervous. Zachary last night prayed that he'd have good dreams. Of course, telling them not to be scared is much easier than having them not really be scared.

The biggest problem lies in our restrooms. Apparently they once saw a spider in the downstairs one and once saw a spider in the main-level one. So, even if they are downstairs playing, they will run up the stairs (past the one downstairs), past the one on the main level, up the next set of stairs and into one upstairs. Zachary had us laughing when he said, "I was going downstairs to my room when I had to go really bad, so I ran as fast as I could upstairs." To him it all made sense to pass two bathrooms on the way ...

In any case, I've reverted to good ol' bribery. If they use the downstairs bathroom or half bath and EVER see a spider, I'll give them $1. It has worked a little bit, and I keep telling them they should use them more to up their chances. Zach is confused about this and assures me I should just give him the $1 for using the bathroom, because if there IS indeed a spider in there, it most likely will be a black widow, and I'd rather not have him encounter a black widow. Nice try, but I've let them know they only get the $1 IF they see a spider and IF the come and get me. After I kill it, they get the $1.

Once we get them going to the closest bathroom we'll turn our focus to aim (or lack thereof) ...

4 comments:

Hilary said...

Does this have anything to do with the nightime potty training issue? The poor guy is downstairs dreaming of spiders and you expect him to wake up dry? And as for the aiming issue: Maybe you should buy a plastic spider to float in the pot, and then have them take aim. What do you think? Oh yeah, I'm a thinker...
(Hey, the word "lee" was in my word verification. Is that a sign? I just realized I can make tons of words from the letters they gave me -- ayleeivv. live, lay, ivy, vive, and "i-ya!" (think karate)!)

Dashley said...

AAAHHH!!!! I hate black widows! I know this is not the point of your post, but just had to say- aahhhh!

Family of 7 said...

Okay, I only wish a few of my childen were afraid to be by themselves on one level of our house. We have 3 levels and four bathrooms and my kids will have all 4 toilets clogged at one time. Not to mention destroy a whole level by themselves. However, I did get an email recently about how a public restrom etched fly's in the urinals which encouraged better aiming!

Totally off the subject...Pres. Jacobsen is coming to Georgia and we are getting together with him Elder Alred and someone with last name Roberts on Friday for dinner. It will be nice to have somewhat of a reunion seeing as Utah is just not feasible at the moment.

Dashley said...

Did you go on vacation fro blogging, Denise? I am missing you!!