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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nails

Okay, so I'll just come right out and confess: I don't cut my kids nails until they wake up one day with really bad scratches on their faces...wait, it gets worse...I have never cut all ten of their toe nails ever. I just peel them when they get snagged. 
Before you judge me, listen to my excuse. With Noah, nail cutting time means war. I have to practically sit on him to get him to give me his hands. Then, after each nail clipping I must threaten "time out" or a spanking to get to the next nail. And his toes? Well, I would have to get a straight jacket to make that possible...or it would be a blood bath as I clipped chunks of skin instead of nails because of his refusal to let me even touch his feet. 
 As for Maia, she stays still for all of one minute for me to do all 20 nails. Yeah right! Thus you can see why my kids always have the snarly toe nails and claw like finger nails filled with dirt. However, I am so used to this that I don't even notice anymore until they wake up with scratch marks on their faces...or until Korin watches my kids! 
  Korin is a friend of mine. She is an angel, she is a super mom, and she is a true blessing in my life. She offered to watch my kids for me today since Pam is out of town even though she has 2 kids of her own around the same ages as my two. So she had 2 one-year-olds and 2 two-year-olds all day long... like I said, she is an angel. Throughout the day Korin emailed me pictures of the kids swimming, finger painting, and playing. She even gave them a bath!!!  Then, when I got there to pick them up she nonchalantly mentioned that she clipped their nails too. Besides being a little embarrassed that my kids' nails were so long that someone else felt compelled to clip them, I was curious as to how she got them to sit still! She said that they were fine and sat still for both their finger nails and toe nails. WHAT? The two kids who make nail clipping a nightmare for me sat still and let you cut their nails? I am sure Korin now thinks I am just a lazy mom who doesn't want to keep her kids groomed. Oh well, at least I am now free from nail clipping duty for another 2 months or so! Did I mention that Korin is an angel?  

3 comments:

KathyRoberts said...

So how'd she do it? I can do the hands, but Caleb freaks out if I even begin to look at his toes!

The 4 Moore's said...

You are SO funny Taleah!!! I LOVE your kids. I did not mean to make you feel embarassed at all! I just felt bad for those poor neglected kiddos ;) Just kidding. Like I told you when you were leaving my kids are little monsters for me but when in someone elses care they are angels!!! So therefore I believe that our kids will always behave better for other adults. They know how to work their parents to the bone. I just matter of factly picked Maia up and started clipping. Then did the same with Noah. I did not tell them I was going to do it or anything, I just went, got the clippers, and clipped away! No warnings, no nothing, just do it and get it over with! I guess I will be seeing you in about 2 months for nail clippings?!?!

KathyRoberts said...

Perhaps Korin should start a kid-grooming biz and I'll bring my kids over too. Caleb knows the look in my eye when I go to clip his toenails...and poor little Ava sacrificed a chunk of her own finger for me to "trim" her nails.