Madeline: Mom, what do you want for Christmas?
Me: Hmm... Maybe a sweater?
Madeline: Ok, what else?
Me: No whining from you and Charlie.
Madeline: Mom, you aren't getting that for Christmas.
(worth a try, right?)
Me. OK, how about a happy, healthy family?
Madeline: You already have that, mom.
This conversation made me smile. It also made me realize I am turning into my mom! Did anyone else's mom always ask for happy kids for gifts? It used to drive me crazy, but obviously I get it now. And turning into my mom is a great thing. if I can be half the mom my mom is, I'll be satisfied.