Raising the Determined Child

This is what I spent a significant portion of my weekend doing. You may wonder how I came to make these night lights given that I have already professed my disdain for all things Pinterest. (I did not find these on Pinterest, by the way, I found them on Lowes.com)

It all started when Brady brought home a hummingbird feeder from his aunt’s house on Thursday. Most kids would be excited to fill the hummingbird feeder, hang it, and wait for the little birds to appear. Not Brady. He wanted to make a night light out of it. You cannot tell Brady “no.” Well, you can, but he will not accept it. He will be relentless in his pursuit, talking and asking about it incessantly, and making the most out of any unsupervised moment to complete his quest. At best, I can sometimes distract him with something else. Batterykids is an awesome website for a kid like him. There are videos of lots of do-it-at-home experiments and projects. Even after watching videos for a good half hour, he was still insisting on making that hummingbird feeder into a night light.

My sister was witness to his determination a couple of weeks ago. He kept trying to unhook the DVD cables because he had some grand plan to hook them up to something else. I am not even sure what he was wanting to do. I must have told him “no” a dozen times and physically removed him from the cables another five times. After awhile, he appealed to my sister to get him the cables. She also told him “no” but commented that his persistence is remarkable. She is exactly right; his persistence is truly remarkable.

So when Brady had told me his plan to make the hummingbird feeder into a night light, I knew that I would be making a night light this weekend. A quick google search led me to the Lowe’s site. Brady liked them immediately. I purchased all of the materials online and picked them up in the store to avoid dragging all three boys through the store. As it turned out, I did have to walk through the entire store to the lumber section in the back to get the piece of wood cut. The directions called for a hand saw. I don’t think so.

They were more work than I expected and cost more money than I planned on spending, but I am happy with the results. (And more importantly, Brady is happy with the results.) The hummingbird feeder is filled with food and hung over the front porch and so has escaped being turned into a night light by my little engineer.

My version

My version

About jillo31

I always wanted to write the great American novel. I've come to the realization that that may not happen. Instead, I'm going to write about my life as a working mom to three boys. I figure in ten years, I won't remember what these days are like. I want to record my everyday victories and struggles.
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5 Responses to Raising the Determined Child

  1. Pingback: Raising the Determined Child Part Two | Hugs, kisses, and chaos.

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  3. Jason says:

    Hi, I check your blog regularly. Your story-telling style
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