Saturday, December 22, 2007

All I Want for Christmas

If you ask my children, any one of them would say that all I want for Christmas is a day of no fighting. If you have more than one daughter, you'll immediately understand.

Whenever it's time to CLEAN THE ROOM, all mayhem erupts. "Mom, she's not cleaning." "Mom, she's just sitting there." "Mom, she threw a sock at me." "Mom . . ."

Once, when my two girls (10 & 7) were arguing about cleaning their shared room, I finally said, "All right. I'm going to put tape over your mouths until your room is clean."

My 3-year old thought it was a fun game, so she requested tape too.

Silence at last. Wait, I spoke too soon. From their room, I heard, "Mmm, mm-hmm, hm-mmm." They were still arguing, with their mouths closed. Can this be counted as a skill on their future resumes?

If not, maybe someday I can use it in a book.

But for those of you who haven't completed your Christmas shopping--or know that your spouse hasn't completed yours . . . I have a great suggestion. WRITERS CONFERENCE.

March 21-22, 2008 we're holding a fantastic Writers Conference (sponsored by the LDStorymakers). It will be held in Sandy, Utah, and will feature local publishers, editors, and guest editor Tim Travaglini, from Putnam. Don't rush into the crowded stores and stand in a long line. Check it out here.

And may your Christmas season be truly peaceful.

10 comments:

Anne Bradshaw said...

What a great idea--Conference for Christmas! Here's hoping . . .

Weston Elliott said...

Hey, I remember being the kid in the bedroom. My sister and I were Oscar and Felix! My poor mother never resorted to tape, but I'm sure she thought about it a time or two. Just be happy in the thought that someday when they're all grown up and come home with their own children for the holiday family reunion, your kids will talk about those fights, and laugh about the tape, and the memory will bring them closer.

Janette Rallison said...

My mom used to say she wanted a day of no fighting and I thought she had no imagination where gifts were concerned. Now I want the same thing.

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

morning heather,
i can completely relate to the fighting kids! and you cracked me up how they were still arguing mmmmmmm mmmmm with tape over their mouths. that does sound like a talent they can develop further in the YW program. hee hee.

thanks for the chuckle,
kathleen

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

ps. that writer's conference sounds really cool, but i don't know ... never been to something like that before... thinking about it ... maybe someday...

Julie Wright said...

LOL about the tape. I want a day of no fighting too!! And the conference? Well that's just a given that I'm going. It is going to be great this year. :)

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

happy new year heather! blessings to you and those you love, kathleen :)

Ajoy said...

Kids will find ANY way to fight. Ever heard the saying: "Where's there's a will there's a way?" Yep ...it was said while trying to keep kids from fighting!

The conference is coming soon and I'm getting very excited. :) I look forward to meeting you and many others. Happy New Year to you, Heather. (And I hope many non-taped kid days are ahead for you. ;)

Candace E. Salima said...

Ingenious solution, Heather. I believe my mother employed that very same method my sister and me (Crystal, not Heather.)

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