It’s a TOTALLY different ballgame now, when it comes to my four and a half year old son Kristo…
This is what it’s been like with my little man…
Yeah, he still likes it when we read his favorite books at night – BUT he’d rather give me characters and ask me to make-up stories about them… Yes, same characters — and different STORIES per night!! One story a night IS NOT ENOUGH! (I’m running out of story lines!)
Yeah, he still likes playing with his toys alone – BUT he’d rather give me two toys, and he’d have two as well, then he’d say my toys are the villains and his are the superheroes. I get the fact that he wants our toys to fight, but as our toys fight, he also wants me to act like the commentator (and start each fight with the line “once upon a time…” and narrate every single movement that’s happening) and I’ve got to supply the sound effects too! It’s a huge production, I tell you! And like the little challenge I mentioned earlier — I’m running out of story lines, specially when he gets really upset when my characters win!!!
Now when he throws a ball or anything round at me (specially when I’m not looking!), I know it’s not done out of disrespect — but it’s his way of declaring that a war (game) has begun! Oh, and did I mention he’s got back up weapons?! (like ANYTHING can turn into sword for him — and lately he’s been sleeping with these ‘weapons’!)
I know this is all very typical for guys — I know so because I’ve read it in some books. But you have to understand, the reason why I’m blogging about this is simple. I grew up playing with my cooking set or my barbie dolls or I’d stay in one place the whole day pretending I was a cashier at a bookstore or a grocery. I don’t think I ever thought of having two barbies kill each other, and at times freeze the other barbie doll in mid-air as she’s flying. No, I don’t think my dolls even flew. I think the most imaginative and ‘far out’ I got was when I had a set of paper dolls. Every night I’d put them in a drawer, thinking, hoping and wishing that in the morning, they’d come alive and I’d have lots of new friends. With all that said, now you know where I’m coming from! 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t complaining. All I’m saying is it’s a totally different ballgame — which I’m learning every day. I’m slowly getting used to playing the games he likes. It’s fun. (Okay, here comes the emo part) But I also know that when I start to get really used to this new ballgame, he’d be moving on to the next ballgame, and I don’t know if he’d still want me to be part of his “cool picture”…. *sniff*sniff* (yes, even if I have played a couple of rough games, deep inside, I am still a girl — and his mom!)
So now that I’ve shared my heart with you guys…any suggestions on how to make the most out of our war games or any of the games boys play? Anything I need to know about how boys play? Is it really normal that he ‘freezes” my characters in mid-air so that he could beat them up or was he being really really smart there?! What does a mom like me need to know when it comes to playing games with her 4 and a half year old son?!