From the top of the Dirt Pile

A spat on top of the dirt pile:

Lia wants the dirt pile to be a car.

Ha’ani wants it to be a bicycle.

Lia is upset that Ha’ani doesn’t think it’s a car.

Ha’ani doesn’t want it to be a car.  She wants it to be a bicycle.

Mommies perform routine intervention and remove both children from the dirt pile/car/bicycle.

10 minutes later, while on the potty–always an opportune time to think over the deep issues of life:

Complaining.  Lia wants the dirt pile to be a car, but Ha’ani wants it to be a bicycle.  She is still miffed.

Mommy comes up with a brilliant suggestion:  maybe Lia can call it a car and Ha’ani can call it a bicycle.

Lia is instantly and completely appeased by said brilliant suggestion.

The efficacy of the simple approach is bewildering.

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