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Mine, Mine, MINE!

June 27, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

One thing that gets irritating about being a parent of small children is that nothing is sacred. From our daughter who automatically asks, "Can I use your laptop," anytime she sees it unattended, to the "me too" I hear anytime I get a snack for myself, there is nothing that is "mine" anymore. Heck, when I went into my daughter's school at the end of the year, half the things I found in the Lost and Found were items that I was missing! Barrettes, hats,  earmuffs, and a necklace I SWORE I told her "no" when she asked if she could play with it. I can forget about keeping any gum or mints in my purse, and my make-up is a draw for both kids... The Girl uses it to be pretty while the Boy literally draws and paints with it.

And how funny is it that when I offer my kids healthy snacks like apples, raisins or nuts, they want nothing to do with it. But when I'm having those same snacks I offered them just a few minutes before, guess who I have standing by with the beggar's look in their eyes...

So I figured it out by finding the Official Children's Laws of Property...

1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If it's in my hand, it's mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
5. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I'm doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
8. If I saw it first, it's mine.
9. If you have something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it's broken, it's yours!

 
 

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