Thursday, November 4, 2010

not for the faint of heart

Tonight, we had a jumping-on-the-bed incident.

Yes, I know - children jump on beds! It's fun! It's irresistible!

Some months ago one of my boy's beds broke after a jumping episode, and it took much time and effort to repair, so we have decreed a moratorium on the activity.

I have a very negative memory of being punished for sitting on a bed at a relative's house - sitting, not jumping! - as a child. I had been told, perhaps repeatedly, not to sit on the beds in this house without the bedspread being pulled back, but I forgot. So in this negative circumstance with my own children, I think about if and how this incident will be remembered by them. And, how severe is the leg injury - should we pack up and go to the ER? Will tomorrow be spent fixing the bed? And what about impulse control. Need to read up on that; trying to remember if that can be taught or if the frontal lobe of the brain just needs to develop some more.

Breathe.

Turns out, the leg's ok, the bed's ok. The boys are asleep now. Tomorrow is another day.

11 comments:

Erin said...

Oh man... boys. They're exhausting. Mine are three and five, and they are constantly leaping on and off of things. It stresses me out to no end. Which is why I walk around breathing deeply and muttering, "Keep calm and carry on" pretty much all day every day!

likeschocolate said...

I think it is in their genetic make up. They just can't help it! We have had similar senarios around my house. Glad his leg is ok!

Francesca said...

There's something about jumping on beds that is irresistible. I remember having to have a rule against jumping on our big bed (the boys have bunk beds - not good for jumping!) when I grew too big for it. Now my daughter jumps on it, and I know my boys would join her if it were allowed!
Glad the bed and the leg are ok!

Sammi said...

My bed is on wheels, if I jump on it, it will move and I will hurt myself.

But when I stay in hotels I totally spend 15 minutes jumping on the bed!

Some kids just never grow up ;o)

Shelley said...

We jumped on beds all through childhood and I can't recall an injury, but all beds are different and so are the kids! I don't let my son, because he isn't cautious of the edge...

I am so glad your boy is fine and well. Still enjoying your gorgeous photography, Lecia! xo

KPiep said...

I'm quite frankly surprised that we haven't ended up in the ER with Tanith yet. Unlike her sister - who began to learn caution in preschool when her body grew so fast that her coordination couldn't keep up - Toots is quite the danger dog, and we frequently catch her climbing in ways that I'm certain are going to shorten my lifespan.

Jen said...

Your photos are the best! I'll bet you have tons of photo albums. I should have taken more when my son was little. Soooooo important, even to the point of over-doing it!

Vanessa said...

Funnily, I was also told off for sitting on beds without a bedspread and that's stayed with me too. Glad to know everything's alright; hopefully, they'll find other ways to letting off all that energy.

Laura said...

I ended up buying a rebounder (a small indoor trampoline used for workouts). It was a great alternative for when they just needed to "jump."

alice c said...

My son had a jumping competition with a friend and bounced off and hit his head on the radiator. There was a worrying few hours after that but he has never jumped on beds again...to the best of my knowledge. To be fair, he is 21 and half a world away so if he IS jumping on beds it is outside my sphere of influence.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I still have a small scar above my let eye from a jumping on the bed incident when I was only 2 years old. I can't believe it is still there. I guess I'll have it forever...