This might seem like a departure from the usual subject matter I write about, but since politics is such a small part of our lives, it's high time we talk about something a little more light-hearted.
Wouldn't you agree?
This post arises from a parenting quandary in which I find myself. I'm wondering if all you discerning parents/readers out there can drop me a line of advice in the comments.
My wife and I have 5 kids. A 9-year-old, a 7-year-old, a 3-year-old and infant twin girls.
The twins, who I affectionately refer to as "the two headed baby monster" have been keeping my wife and I up at all hours of the night - changing dipes, feeding, burping...parents, you know the drill...
Onto my question:
Our 3-year-old recently befriended an imaginary little girl named Mendala. Mendala lives two doors away and needless to say, since they're both the same age they spend alot of time playing together.
Alaina and Mendala get along quite nicely - most of the time. Today was an exception. Alaina came up to me numerous times and complained that Mendala was being rude to her. I laughed it off at first because Alaina is a pretty tough kid and she's not the type to let another 3-year-old push her around. Plus it woulda been kinda awkward disciplining a child who didn't belong to me. I told Alaina to simply tell Mendala to start playing nicely and that if it didn't work, to come back and let me know.
The girls continued to play with the wooden blocks in the family room while I worked in the kitchen. Sure enough, 5 minutes later Alaina ran in and complained that Mendala wouldn't let her play with half of the wooden blocks.
I believed at that point that something had to be done, but I wasn't sure what.
So my question is: Do you think it's ever socially acceptable to spank an imaginary child?