The crime was worth the time…

So this just happened.

My 2 and 1/2 year old son was playing with his tool bench that has a fake table saw on it that is as loud and annoying as Fran Drescher’s voice on The Nanny (which I freakishly watch sometimes when I can’t sleep – WHY???). And by the way, thanks for tool bench ┬áNana, we’ll be sure to bring that over for your next babysitting gig, along with a drum set, pots and pans, and some Advil.

While attempting to build something, he grabs his sister’s favorite stuffed animal and proceeds to try to cut the poor puppy’s head off. She, of course, screams bloody murder when she realizes the doomed fate of her stuffed animal.

She screams, “Mom, he’s cutting off puppy’s head!”

I run into the room, quickly take puppy from him and tell him that he can’t do that to her toys. ┬áHe agrees, says he’s sorry, and returns back to his workbench.

Two minutes later, he has taken her blanket, the one that she holds more than Linus on Peanuts, the one that we have to secretly wash when she is asleep because she can’t bear to part with it. He takes that beloved blanket and shoves it through the table saw, the table saw that is supposed to be fake.

Well I’ll be damned but that thing ripped that blanket in one fell swoop. Those plastic spindles cut through it and came alive.

I look him right in the eyes, tell him what he did was very wrong and ask him if he’s sorry.

His reply?

“For puppy – yes. For blanket? No.”

As if that doesn’t want to make me crack up hysterically laughing while my crying daughter isn’t looking, he then picks himself up and walks directly to time out. It was like he knew he was going to do the time for the crime, but it was so very worth it.

Gotta hand it to him – at least he thought about consequences. I’m doing something right then as a parent, right?



  1. That exact scenario could have easily played out in my house about a decade ago. Laughing out loud enough to make the cat wake up!!

    Kudos for the good parenting!

  2. Love that! It’s funny yet inspiring at the same time. That’s some good parenting right there. Kudos to the kid AND you!

  3. My first thought was, “Is he sorry for what he did to puppy, or that it didn’t work on puppy?” You’ve got a smart one, there. At 2 and a 1/2, knowing the consequences is good, but being able to weigh them against the fun of doing the crime? Brilliant! How’s your daughter? She had to learn sometime that boys cannot be trusted. :)

  4. Hahahah! Kids! And yes, you are doing it right, he went straight to time out without being told. LOL

  5. Elke Dickmeyer says:

    What a great X-mas gift for just the right 2 and 1/2 year old boy,with a super imagination.He went right to work.His wheels were rolling and we all had fun reading Moms great tale of the moment.Almost felt like being there,visually and LOL.Thankfully there was no beheading.Sisters quick eye.And Nanna would probably repair the favorite blanky.If not,here is another Nanna,(omi)german,who would love to help out with the sewing.Have a wonderfull 2014,with,”who knows what will be in store for parents”.Thank you for you great entertainment Mommy

  6. As I was reading this, I could just picture the ‘crime scene’ as it happened. Thank you for sharing the laughs.

  7. OMG that’s priceless!

  8. That is so cute!

  9. Too cute!!!

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