Follow up

Well, finding out that they are sick makes the whining just a little more bearable, because I know that they have not suddenly turned crazy on me.

Suddenly my sympathy kicks in, and I can be all, "Awwww, you're not feeling well, you poor thing," almost every time.

We left the kids with some new friends (i.e. strangers to them until five minutes previously) today, while we went to meet with some people. As we encouraged them to be polite and listen really well, Kid A made this astute observation.

"I'm really good and listen to other people who watch me. I---I don't know why I don't always listen to you." Sound familiar, anybody? We don't know either, bud. If you figure it out, let us know. (They were excellent while at the new friends' house, by the way.)