Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Opera Man Mommy

Since Julia was very small I have always been able to get away with stopping a probable tantrum by changing the subject. Whether she's fallen down and scraped her knee or justs wants to be a little shit at the grocery, changing the subject has always worked.

Recently, however, I've had to take it a step further: Opera mommy changes the subject. I've been graced with the musical child, I mean, the child who LOVES her some sappy musicals. West Side Story, Les Mis, Hair, Barbie: The Princess and the Paupress, you name it, Jules will EAT IT UP. And so if she's melting down and I need her to laugh or forget something I just Opera It Up. Same goes for reading books, you'd be surprised how renewed her interest is when Ten Apples Up On Top is not read but rather performed.


Kit said...

I'd love to see you belting out a Les Mis number in the aisle of your supermarket...!

Lisa said...

Ohhh. That is very interesting. Actually, if my child doesn't listen I use "opera" to get him to do something. Example, "Seth. Get dressed." (he doesn't do it.) "Seth it you don't get dressed in the next five minute I will start singing." (Watch that kid scramble, screaming "Nooooo" at the same time!)