RSS Feed

Training your firstborn

I’m watching my parent’s dog this week while they are on vacation, and even though dogs aren’t kids, I think I’m picking up some parenting lessons. Deogi (my dog) is about five now; he can still be ornery and rambunctious, but overall, he’s pretty mild. Shelby (my parent’s d0g) isn’t quite two yet; she’s all puppy. For example, I couldn’t just sweep the house the other night. Nope. Shelby wanted to play tug of war with the broom. I don’t think she knows how to do anything gently. She races from one thing to the next with enthusiasm. She’s like those two year old humans that NEVER walk anywhere. They skip — or jump — or spin in circles to get where they are going. It’s cute.

But, I’ve learned two parenting insights. First, now I know why my mom always begged me to go play with my little sister. I cracked up the other day as I watched Shelby run around Deogi. First, she tried just squeaking the toy in her mouth to entice him to play. Then, she rested the toy on him. Then, she threw it over his back. Then, she went under him to retrieve it. I swear if Deogi could talk, he would have whined, “She’s touching meee.” As I chuckled, I remembered all the times, my mom would say, “Would it kill you to play with your sister?” That’s pretty much what I found myself  saying to Deogi.

Second, I’ve learned that your firstborn needs to be well behaved. If Shelby won’t come inside, here’s what I yell: “Deogi, come!” If the dogs are wrestling under the table, I fuss, “Deogi, get out from under that table.” Shelby’s not going to listen, so I figure my best hope is to get Deogi to start moving in the right direction. No wonder firstborns wind up feeling like their behavior has to be perfect.

If my parent’s vacation was any longer, I might lose it entirely. You might find me in the living room with the two dogs trying out this line: “No. No, you look at me when I’m talking to you.”

Advertisements

5 responses »

  1. Haha! I knew I always liked Shelby more. And now that I think of it, you probably tried to bite my arm off at some point too… or at least my head. 😉

    Reply
  2. PS: I like the new format. It might not be new anymore… but it’s been a while since I wandered over…

    Reply
  3. Are the great danes…. gone? :> xo

    Reply
    • Yes, one of the unfortunate things about that breed is that they have very short life spans, so both of them are gone 😦 I haven’t given up hope of getting another one some day though because I still think they’re really cool dogs.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

One English Teacher

...with a world to discover

OccasionalPiece--Quilt!

OPQuilt: Quilts & Textiles

A Daisy Garden

Photography. Sewing. Cooking. Quilting. Inspiration.

stitchsewquilt

Searching for the perfect quarter inch seam

The Sassy Quilter

saving the world one quilt at a time...

Wasn't Quilt in a Day

Since Rome wasn't either, I'll take my time.

SYNC

YA Literature into Your Earphones

Christa Quilts

Make it yourself. Make it your own.

Planting Sequoias

I do things and then I write about doing things

Found This Painted That

Decorating Solutions for the Dollar Challenged

littlefarmintheboro

Wanna be country family....living in a Boro...

Bit o' Betty

Outlook on Life, Observations in the World, and Total Allegiance to Christ

sewing room secrets

the story behind the stitches

Rachel Goble

Trying to live fully, love deeply and tell stories with dignity.

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

I Like String

Watch and learn as I make things!

lilru96's Blog

A topnotch WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: