when dealing with my children sometimes I get caught in tracks...
daddy daddy daddy....
you are breaking the rules
you always break the rules
you always eat in the family room
you said there is no eating in the family room
well... that is not true
do you eat popcorn in here when you watch a movie?
you said no food in the family room
that is true
I did say that
but... what I meant is that no kids can take food in the family room
with the exceptions of maybe popcorn or chips
who cleans up a spill?
me or you?
if I spill something
I clean it up
the rule is that the kids can not have food in the family room
while the parents are permited to eat where they choose
understanding of course that they need to clean up what they spill
do you understand?
daddy daddy daddy
can I have one of your candy covered almonds?
yes you may
can I have two?
no I only have two
one for you and one for your brother
or so the discussion goes
the same goes for other things... like
no bicycle riding in the street
I ride my bicycle in the street
other adults ride their bicycles in the street
but the kids can not ride their bicycles in the street
except of course when crossing the street in the crosswalk with an adult at their side
always waiting for the adult to let them know it is safe to go
so... there are different rules for the kids than there are for the grown ups
but many rules are the same
many of the rules are complicated as they are always involved with exceptions