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Gunning for a win

With two toddlers who are about the same age, there’s a lot of mediating to be done.

You know how toddlers are – what someone else is having always seems to be SO MUCH MORE FUN that whatever they have, and they’re always clamoring for the same items all the time.

We’re not the sort of parents who buy two sets of everything just to stop them from fighting so instead, we have to come up with creative ways to make them share.

One of these ways is what the husband calls the Crossbow Shootout.

It’s pretty straightforward. The kids take turns to knock over a target with the crossbow and the first to reach 3 hits gets first dibs on the desired object. This method has been surprisingly effective and whoever loses will be a good sport, like “sighh ok fine you can have it first.” No tears, no fuss, no shrieks, everybody’s happy. Plus they develop psychomotor skills in the process. #WIN.

At first we thought that Truett, being the more athletic, physically-coordinated one would have the upper hand but as we’ve come to discover, Kirsten has quite a deadly aim. She’s outshot Truett, the husband and me. And no, we didn’t deliberately let her win.

All the girl needs is some crazy red hair and she’ll be Merida from Brave.

We’re going to have to come up with a new challenge to balance the odds.

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16 Comments

  • Reply alexis September 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

    can hear kirsten going “yay i win”. shes so cute.

    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Hahs that’s exactly what she said, plus a victory dance.

  • Reply Abby September 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    That’s quite a cute way of doing things!
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    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      The important thing is it works! We’re also trying out Scissors, Paper Stone as a quicker alternative

  • Reply Elaine September 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    The crossbow shootout is such a good idea! Shooting is indeed a sport that yields some surprising results. I’m like hopeless at sports but for some strange reason beat the husband and his brother at archery. Maybe Kirsten has found her niche.
    Elaine´s last post ..Grown up pleasures

    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Nice! We haven’t let them try archery yet but I think they’ll like it.

  • Reply Madeline September 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hunger games?! Haha cute crossbow.
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    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      They’re only allowed to shoot inanimate objects heh..

  • Reply EDmund September 27, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Amazing game! Looks like I got to get my girls to try to crossbow too! :)

    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Ys it’s v fun and a lot easier for kids to pick up.

  • Reply Jean September 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I’ve got news for you – the tussling continues even into pre-adolescence. ;)

    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. Not looking forward to that at all. Soon the small one will learn to join in as well.

      • Reply Jean September 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        By the way, could you tell me where you bought the crossbow? Looks cool!

        • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          Actually not very sure as Tru got it for his birthday present. I’m guessing it’s available at either Toys R Us or the Taka toy fair.

  • Reply Sherlyn September 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    A very good idea to settle sibling disputes! Kirsten looks like a pro :)

    • Reply Daphne September 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      It does take a while to settle the disputes but at least they’re both happy with the results. :)

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