Monday, August 17, 2009

Problem Solving Strategies

The other day we made some homemade vanilla ice cream after a day of playing outside.  We put the ice cream in the freezer to harden up while we ate dinner and let the apple crisp cook.  

After dinner I teased the kids with "Daddy already ate the ice cream... you didn't really want any, did you?"

John takes the news slowly and harshly... "you didn't really eat it, did you?"... "why did you eat it when you knew we wanted some?"

While I was having fun teasing John, Grace was just staring at me with a blank face, listening to evaluate the severity of the situation.  After surmising it to be true, she takes action...  she never said a word, just marched right upstairs to the authority figure and declares "Mommy!, daddy ate the ice cream and didn't leave us any!"  I didn't get in any trouble - as the ice cream was still safely tucked in the ice box - but I enjoyed watching the different strategies for dealing with their dilemma...

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