Sharing is caring… unless you’re a toddler

Choo-choo’s idea of sharing his crayons with Diesel and me is to hand us a color of his choice, let us use it in his book for about fifteen seconds, then scream at us and snatch it back, with “You no use that!”

Now, this is the same child who will happily share his toys with other children. He might even share his toys with us, too, when we play with him, but usually only when he chooses which ones we are allowed to have. I have no idea what this is about.

One day, all three of us were coloring in one of Choo-choo-s activity books. He’d already swiped about seven colored wax sticks from me by this point, and I really wanted to finish the chameleon I’d started several minutes before.

Diesel quickly asked Choo-choo about a sticker on his safety gate (a story for another time). Choo-choo walked over there, where Diesel continued to ask our son to find the zebra or the elephant or the birds. I colored as fast and quietly as I could. When Choo-choo would return to me, Diesel would ask about another one.

My picture completed, Choo-choo and Diesel wandered back over. The book was in full view. Choo-choo saw it, so Diesel asked, “Who colored that?”

“Mommy!” Choo-choo answered excitedly.

So, apparently it does not bother him that we color in his activity books so long as he just doesn’t witness it. Quite an ingenious solution, I think.

Oh, my silly boy. 🙂

Author: stepbackandbreathe33

I am a writer, mother, wife, and fighter in the battle against depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

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