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This article first appeared in the Power of Moms website, June 7, 2012.
Motherandering: (n) A close cousin to meandering
An example of the way I run my household is chronicled in Laura Joffe Numeroff’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. For those unfamiliar with Numeroff, the picure book is a story about a little boy who offers a cookie to a precocious visiting mouse, which sets off a chain reaction of events.
When I wake up in the morning, sit on the couch, and read the newspaper, my sons, like the mouse in the Numeroff story, decide they want milk. When I try to ignore them, it gets difficult to concentrate on the newspaper in front of me because both boys sit two inches from my face and repeat, “I want milk” no less than twenty times without taking a breath. So I get up and walk toward the kitchen.