My new puppy’s only been here for two weeks, and she’s already starting to think that all of the toys belong to her.
“Okay, I’m going to stop you right there for a minute, David. Three things for you to remember:
1) Waya’s not actually “your” puppy. She’s Auntie Jen’s puppy.
2) The toys don’t actually “belong” to you. They’re here for you to play with.
3) Part of being the “Best Big Brother Ever” involves sharing the toys that are here.”
Oh man, nobody said anything about having to share the toys. I mean, Come On, we each have two Gators. I oughta be able to play with mine, and she can play with hers. I saw her eyeing my little Gator Guy right off the bat. And what did she do the first chance she got? She grabbed him and took him into her cage with all her other stuff.
“Yes, she did. And what did you do the first chance you got?”-Editor/Mom
I took him back. What was I supposed to do? They shouldn’t have left the gate open. You would’ve done the same thing if it were your favorite toy. You know how much I Love my Gators. I play with them all the time.
“Well, there’s no denying that, but in the interest of peace and harmony in our household, you two are going to both have to learn to share them, along with all of the other toys. Right now she’s in her X-Pen with a bunch of toys, and you’re outside with the rest of them. I think we’ll start swapping them back and forth ’til you guys catch on. That way, you’ll both get to enjoy all of the toys, and hopefully learn to share them and even play with them together when Waya’s big enough to be out and about with us. What do you think?”-Editor/Mom
I guess that would be okay, but in the meantime I’m gonna pick one (maybe two) and stay out of her reach while she’s playing with the other toys in her cage. I know, maybe we just need more Gators! That way there’d always be enough for both of us to play with.
“That’s a Great idea David. We couldn’t agree more. After all, you can’t have too many Gators, right? So, here’s two more to add to the collection. Now you’ll have six of them to share.”-Editor/Mom (and Auntie Jen)
Yippee! You guys are the Best Moms Ever!