Playing the Santa Card

The fat man in the red suit comes in handy this time of year when you’re tired, hungry, and your child is having a public tantrum because they are tired, hungry, overstimulated, and sugared up. Caitlin has been a wee bit moody lately and I would blame it on PMS, only she’s 3. She had an F4 tornadic tantrum Monday in front of the hubby’s office (nice! embarassing!) because I put little sis in the car first. Man, what is it with me and my need to comply with child car restraint laws? But I digress. Logistically I cannot put a 30+ pound child her carseat while holding an extremely active 20+ pound chunk of baby with one arm without throwing out my back or nearly dropping the baby. So I open the door for Caitlin and while she climbs in I walk around the car and put baby sis in her seat, strap her in her carseat, and then walk around and strap Caitlin in her carseat. Maybe there’s a more efficient way to do this; if you know, do share. Caitlin was screaming, crying, and refusing to get in the car by doing that annoying arch the back movement that is innate to small children. I tried the age-old “Santa is watching you” threat, but to a 3-year-old who sees the world quite literally, that doesn’t quite fly. Then I told her she wasn’t going to get any toys from Santa if she didn’t act like a good girl and get in the carseat and she decided I meant business.


  1. Michael says:

    Well, if you’d just grow four more arms, I’m sure you could buckle both kids in at once…LOL

    My soon-to-be-four-year-old neice is having Santa used the same way…but she’s kind of neurotic about it. She was crying at having to go to bed a few weeks ago when I was babysitting and between the tears, she said–is Santa gonna put me on the naughty list now? I told her no, but only if she went to bed and to sleep…LOL

  2. Erin says:

    I have similar issues with the two car seats. What I do is open the side of the car the baby’s seat is on first. I tell preschooler to crawl over to his seat and climb up while I am strapping in his baby bro’. This way I only walk around the car once and it’s much easier to do quickly without baby. You also solve the who gets in first dilemma since both kids are getting in at the same time. Hope that helps!

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