Arguing With Children

As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, when you argue with toddlers, you really can’t win. Maybe once in a while you can win a battle—most likely thorough bribery or distraction—but you almost never win the war. They’re just too good. Too steadfast. Too on brief. They are simple in their wants and that makes it easier for them to focus on a goal.

I think I realize how silly it all is when a babysitter comes over and I have to tell her the 5,000 steps that need to be taken before bedtime. Each step was a hard won victory—for the little guy.

Eh, what can you do. One day he won’t argue with me, he’ll just call from college and ask for more beer money. Might as well enjoy it now.


4 responses to “Arguing With Children

  1. I hear you, having kids is awesome, except for the times when i wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy.

  2. Nana Rose is here to tell you . . . Enjoy every minute of your arguments while you can! You’ll soon be wishin’ he’d be back, so you could do it all over again. I’m soon gonna be EIGHTY-FIVE, So I know! I can’t believe how fast the years are rollin’ by!

    • That’s advice I’ll take to heart! But trust me, I already get it. I whine a lot because it’s funny but in real life I adore being a dad and I’m just a big softy.

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