What I said:
"If it's too difficult, then just don't do it!"
"Uhh... or, just try again, but you have to calm down!"
These next couple of quotes aren't from me but they do reflect my awesome parenting, which I am always happy to showcase for you. The three of us were on a walk and Julian, who's also a car (he calls his feet his wheels and when he's tired he ran out of gas, etc) kept darting right in front of me making me have to stop so short over and over, I felt certain i was going to puke from motion sickness.
It got annoying. So, trying to teach him a lesson, to give him a harmless taste of his own medicine, I told him, "Julian, stop darting in front of me like that. Do you want to know what it's like? Here..." And I did it in front of him except it didn't quite work like I'd planned and I ended up bopping into him with my hip, sending him sprawling on the sidewalk where he got a huge bloody scrape on his elbow. YEAH!
Feeling like a winner, I apologized profusely. He recovered pretty quickly and then throughout the rest of the walk he would turn to me and say things like,
"Mom, don't hurt me again"
and, super sweetly, "Mom, I'm sorry I hurt my elbow."
THREE CHEERS FOR ME.
Anyone have any awesome parenting stories of their own they'd like to share? I don't want to be the only one, making everyone feel bad for being so lame.