Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Patience With Jack
My little buddy, Jack, is by far the most needy of our 3 children. Blake insists I will be going away to college with him and living in the dorm because he won't be able to let go of me. We certainly have a bond, as I do with all the kids, but Jack has taken it to a new level. He is a Starnes, so make no mistake about it....he was born with the charm and social skills matched only by the friendliest people....but he is mama's boy through and through.
I sincerely love the attention and can't help but think many factors played into this development of his personality. He is the middle child....was only 1/2 way through his first year of life when I became pregnant with Lainey....and has been suspicious of her intentions ever since.
His attentiveness is escalated when he feels vulnerable, and physical contact (hugs, kisses, holding hands) seems to be the only way to handle it. He's learning humility, so he now responds in an embarrassed manner anytime he's uncomfortable. Correct him on something? An immediate, "No, Case!" or "Shut up, Mom!" follows. I know.....the shut up thing is terrible....I'm working on it!
I feel as though he's at his peak of the "terrible twos".....he has to be.....or my ticket to the loony bin will be expedited and his father will be left to deal with him. His peculiar neediness coupled with his age have added up to equal a tantrum throwing, toy launching, inconsolable mess. And, this combination has rendered me helpless. I'm beginning to wonder if the "Trap A Jack" pictured above might just hold the solution for me. Carter found it at the zoo and hysterical with laughter, suggested we give it a try.
Double dog dare me and I just might do it.