Awhile back I wrote about the importance of dads roughhousing with their kids and the developmental skills it helps develop in children. I took the advice of a friend and started roughhousing with Max, who was 2 at the time, before bed and the results were awesome…he slept through the night and we developed a special bond. Now Max is 3 and he has a little brother Dodge who is 1. Dodge is the toughest most stubborn person I have ever met other than that ugly dude I see in the mirror every day. Max likes to play “tackle” which involves running as fast as he can from the kitchen, down the hall, and into the family room where he them plows through me as hard as he can…then he gives me a few piledrivers for good measure…then repeats. This was too rough for Dodge so we lightened the game up. Dodge would ever so cautiously and gently push me with his tiny hands and I would pretend to fall over like a large tree (I’m 6’4″) while in the process scooping him up. We would crash to the ground in pretend slow motion as I said, “Bwah! Bwah! Bwah! Bwah…” Dodge loved this and the game became known as “Bwah. Bwah, Bwah.” We play it every night before bed. Max loves it too. Dodge gets gentle bwahs while Max gets more intense bwahs.
We are learning to set our boundaries.
Now Dodge is 17 months old and he has started tossing piledrivers like his big brother. I’m getting the crap beat out of me. The other day Dodge gave a piledriver to the tenders, confirming there would be no baby sister in his future, while Max sat on my face and farted. Sorry…tooted. They’re back in school and you can’t say fart…or booty. Seriously? Booty? Another discussion. The point is, the little buggers are ganging up on me.
They have become a unified Bwah, Bwah, Bwah front!
For the past 17 months Kate and I have done everything in our power to keep Max from hurting Dodge. Now? One look into Dodge’s steel blue eyes during Bwah, Bwah. Bwah and it is clear to see its only a matter of time before Dodge is the big kahuna round the Gates house. So…I stopped separating the boys and started letting them roughhouse. Guess what? The 1-year old can beat up the 3-year old. It will be more evenly matched soon and eventually one of these roughhousing bouts will escalate into a fight as they always do, that’s what boys do. Its inevitable. Til then, here is the adorableness of Max and Dodge roughhousing before bed where the loser gets tickled and the winner…also gets tickled.
Immediately following this video Max head-butted Dodge. Dodge cried out, “Owie!” Dodge then head-butted Max sqare in the nose. Max cried. Dodge laughed hysterically. I feared for my life.
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