Family Lesson Gone Wrong

The scene:
Marc and I had been talking to the kids (daughter 2.5 and son 5 years) all weekend about sharing and getting along with each other.  They constantly fight with each other over whatever the other child has.  On Sunday night we went out for a family dinner at a restaurant.  It was about 7:30 PM and pitch black outside as we left the restaurant and got into the car.  Upon getting into the car, the kids immediately started fighting over my daughter’s sunglasses.  I commenced with a “Mommy Speech” and this is what transpired:

Me: Why are you guys fighting over sunglasses?  First of all, it is too dark outside for sunglasses.  Second, the sunglasses are nothing more than clothing that belongs to Brie, not even something fun like a toy.  Do you ever see Daddy and I fight over each others things?  (My husband turns on the overhead light to make sure the kids are listening to me.)  Do you see me take things from Daddy?  (My husband was wearing a baseball cap so I reached out and started shaking the bill of it for emphasis.)  Do you see me tell Daddy, ” Hey, I want your hat!  Give me your hat!  I want to wear that hat!”  No, Daddy and I never fight over our things.  I don’t want Daddy’s hat.

Silence and a short pause…

Brie: I want it!  I want Daddy’s hat!  I want to play with it!

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