I don't know exactly how it started, but at some point Rhett (2) associated medicine with gum.

When his older brothers ask for gum and I agree, Rhett starts pleading for medicine. I am sure at some point in the history of Rhett I must have doled out Tylenol for teething pain in the same hour that his brothers received gum. For some reason the connection stuck. Really stuck.

Rhett has always had a complex about how mean I am for now allowing him gum at his tender age. In his mind he is five...so what is the big deal? I think that his revenge is this medicine plea which quite honestly may require my mental institutionalization in the near future.

This is a sample conversation. Please remember the child is 2:

Brothers: Mom can we have gum?
Me: yes.
Rhett: Gum?
Me: No.
Rhett: Medicine?
Me: No.
Rhett: My mouth hurt. Medicine?
Me: No.
Rhett: My toe hurt. Medicine?
Me: No.
Rhett: My arm hurt. Medicine?
Me: No sweetie, I am not giving you medicine today.
Rhett: I fell at Target (points to head). Medicine?
Me: No. We didn't go to Target today.
Rhett: I fell at Peter Piper Pizza (points to toe). Medicine?
Me: No. We haven't been to Peter Piper Pizza for a month.
Rhett: I fell at Chuckeee-Cheeeeeee (points all over). Medicine?
Me: No. I told you that I am not giving you medicine today. You are fine.
Rhett: Ryan hit me (big blue eyes looking up with tears pooling). Medicine?
Me: No. Your brothers are in the other room. No one hit you.
Rhett: Reid kick me (lower lip trembles). Medicine?
Me: NO! Rhett, your brothers haven't hurt you. I repeat. I am not giving you medicine. For any reason. Anytime today. None.
Rhett: Gum?

He has very convincing argument. To date I have stood strong in my resolve. But he is wearing me down.

I cannot say that a jury of his peers would be so rock solid which is why I am keeping him away from any ambulence chasers. That falling in public story coupled with the big blue eyes filling with tears would sway even the toughest judge...

39 comments:

Yvie said...

Lol. Rhett is pretty good with arguing at an early age. o.o I guess if his brothers showed him that gum and medicine is not the same, would it change the way he sees medicine? I hope so.

:) Your little guy's growing up very fast.

Kalynne Pudner said...

My first inclination, putting myself imaginatively in your place, was to say, "No medicine, honey, but how would you like some GUM?"

My second was to gasp in horror at this idea: 102 years of parenting have convinced me that giving GUM to a 2-year old is almost as bad an idea as filling a zeppelin with inflammable hydrogen.

Not because he's necessarily going ot swallow or choke on it. Because it will almost assuredly end up in his hair...or clothes...or the upholstery or carpet or dog dish.

Veronica said...

I bet he ends up on a debating team in highschool cos he argues a good case!

Stay strong! Failing that, maybe you need some cherry essence flavoured water to use as 'medicine'.

Dr.John said...

I enjoyed the story but you do have a problem.
I stopped in because Claudia said you were great.

Brenda said...

That's hilarious. (In a wearing-you-down sort of way.)

My 4-year-old doesn't connect gum and medicine, but we have the exact same conversations about both. We've finally allowed gum (thank goodness) because she finally stopped swallowing every single piece, but she is nothing, if not a hypochondriac.

I think the problem is that medicine tastes so much better than when we were kids. I didn't WANT medicine! (Except the baby aspirin that was never in our house but I used to sneak and steal from a friend's house because it was so yummy.) Medicine tastes too good, therefore they want it for the least thing.

What it has to do with gum is your best guess!

Greta said...

Eh. Just take him outside, strip him down and give him gum. :)

Courtney said...

What a sweetie! You big meany...I'd have to give in. Good for you for sticking to your gums, err...I mean guns!

InTheFastLane said...

Heh! That would most certainly wear me down. But, he is cute...

Rachel said...

He's so stinkin' cute! I adore him. mean mean mommy!! keep telling yourself that you're just preparing him for the real world. it's tough out there.

Ann said...

Do you think he'll be a trial lawyer when he grows up? I think it's possible. *Nodding*.

the planet of janet said...

meeeeeeean mommy!! meeeeeeeeeeeeeean!

how can you resist that face?

Jenn said...

Awww, he sounds adorable. And I agree with some of the other commenters, maybe he will end up on a debate team or as a trial lawyer one day. That boy sounds like he can make some pretty strong arguments.

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Bren said...

Convincing argument indeed!

My little guy loves medicine for some weird reason and is always coming up with new maladies that require it.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

It stuns me that children's testimony is admissible in court...

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Hang tough on the gum. We have friends who didn't. One day we were at a Padres game and the 3 year old was riding on her dad's shoulders. Since that day we have a saying in our house. "Gum belongs in your mouth, in the trash, or in Craig's hair!"

On a limb with Claudia said...

Ah the youngest child. I have vast experience with the youngest annoying child and am completely immune to both their charms and their nattering. It's a rare middle child gift....

Madge said...

at what point does he get gum?

i don't even remember when mine started getting gum.

i do know that my youngest finally isn't convinced that he is the age of his big brother -- but he can't wait to get there.

Lisa said...

He could be a future lawyer or maybe a four star general--never give up :)

Kellan said...

What a little cutie. Come on Mom -give Rhett the gum ....

Have a good day -Kellan

Dirty Laundry Diva said...

Awe, what cutie... Can't blame him for trying right?

kristin said...

When my daughter was too little for gum, I used to just give her a couple of homeopathic chamomile tablets. Cheating, I know, but she was happy. And a little quieter.

Jennifer H said...

Pretty persuasive argument. I might have had to give in on the gum.

Or just give him a popsicle and tell him it's laced with Tylenol.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Having seen that cutie in person, I don't know how you've managed. And, how typical: the doctor's kid is a bit of a hypo! Mine does something similar for gripe water. His tummy hurts a lot!

Amy Jo said...

This is funny! I also have crazy converstations with my toddler. It was fun to read your conversation; I can totally imagine how that goes. I do agree with the other commenter that medicine tastes TOO good these days!! I found your site doing a google image search for "Cheerios on the floor". Crazy, huh?

laughingatchaos said...

Gah. I feel like all I do is convince J that he can't have medicine. I know it's gotta be palatable so kids will take it, but does it really have to be so sweet that that's all they want? Geeze. So I give him an Altoid when A gets gum and everyone's happy.

Soliloquy said...

Awww, I miss the twos........ Precious!

And now you've got your little "angler" documented!

Your post made me want to kiss some smooshy cheeks.....

cce said...

Ahhh, I gave up keeping them away from the gum along time ago. Every once in awhile when I find gum stuck in the car drink holders or to the bottom of the kitchen chairs, I regret this decision but they are sooo good at wearing me down!

Beck said...

This is why we go through a box of band-aids a week.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

I confess that at one point in time, I gave my daughter juice in a medicine dropper just to get her to stop asking for the stuff. Couldn't they make it taste decent without our kids begging for it? Sheesh! As if we don't have to be the bad guy about enough stuff already.

EatPlayLove said...

I sense law in your son's future. Too cute. I have some vitamin C tabs that I use to appease my youngest daughter in similar situations.

Happy Campers said...

Rhett is going to grow up to be the unintended comedian in the family it sounds like. The stories you tell about him are so funny...

You sure it wasn't all that coaxing of Benadryl when you needed one of the three boys to sleep? bwahahahhahaha....I know you wouldn't do that...

Elizabeth said...

I've always had a bottle of Hylands Teething Tblets on hand for these emergencies...Whenever the girls are ill, Snorkie must be medicated too. On the other hand, he's three and does a great job with gum...never swallows...just spits it out in my hand!
Blessings, E

JCK said...

He is a master negotiater! I don't know how much longer you can hold out!

My son loves medicine, too. Although he is not associating it with anything else - like gum, he does like it a little too much. And asks for it frequently.

Elaine A. said...

Oh the conversations like this to wear me out! Can't you give him something that he "thinks" is medicine. Maybe some whiskey and he can go down for a nice, long nap... Oh, just kidding! ; )

mah-meeee said...

oh too funny! he's quite persistent, eh? that's good for him - with end in mind! he'll be very goal oriented. :)

he does sounds like he fell alot... lol.

Pinky said...

I've got a persistent boy, too.
It'll be good for him one day.
Strange associations are hard to break. My son calls tennis shoes 'fly sketchers'. Hmmmm. I dunno.

Angie said...

Wow, Rhett certainly is persistent! What a funny connection that he's made between gum & medicine. Ok, maybe not so funny, but amusing to read about nonetheless. Thanks for visiting my humble little slice of bloggerdom! I came over to return the comment love. I'll be back! :-)

American in Norway said...

Wow.. way to stay strong. I must admit, I probably would have given in with the bum toe bit.
Just found you blog... very funny, I'll be back.. (that sounds a little creepy doesn't it?)

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Does your son realize he will have a future in show business? That was almost Abbott and Costello-y. Hey, I see you are a fan on Stumbleupon. I will add you as a friend (or something - I'm still trying to figure out how that all works)

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