This just in: Chivalry is very much alive

This will be quick, I just needed to write this down. It’s going to part of a series I’m putting together so that when the kids start clawing each others’ eyes out the next round, I’ll read this to them while they cry tears of joy and group hug the life out of each other. I’m calling it the make-up kit (as in make up from a fight, not eyeliner).

All this while, we’ve been teaching Tru that his most important responsibility as the big brother was to look out for his sister and protect her, among others like not sit on her or use her as a trampoline. Even though Kirsten didn’t seem like the sort who needed protecting, we’ve always told Tru that he’s bigger and manlier, therefore equipped to perform his big brotherly duties.

It’s a hard lesson for him because he’s the sensitive soul who’s often overshadowed by his warrior princess sister. Up to this point, Kirsten has proven to be completely fearless. She’s unfazed by (imaginary) giant octopuses or scary-looking uncles and she’ll even offer to protect her brother. Thing is, while I’m sure that she’s got the zest to put up a good fight, she’s small enough to be overpowered rather swiftly.

During a difficult nap session yesterday, I had to physically restrain baby girl to prevent her from climbing everywhere. It basically involves me holding her down in a minute-long strangle hug which was firm enough to prevent motion but not tight to the point of asphyxiation. She yelled like a banshee but her efforts to escape were futile.

6 seconds in, Tru turned to me and said “Mommy, stop, don’t strap mei mei. You strap Truett, then Truett will hug mommy and sleep.”

I couldn’t be more proud.

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  • Reply pc July 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    i used to do that to trap my elder girl… so that she is “down” and sleep, rather restless… i thought i was the only “brilliant” mama do that… ha~!

    • Reply Daphne August 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Hahahah it works like a charm right?? I find it better than the incessant nagging which they ignore anyway.

  • Reply koinonia July 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    so sweet… i thought he was going to say “Mummy, stop. Truett will hug mei mei and make her sleep”… which would be sweet too. :)

    • Reply Daphne August 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Hah! If he hugs her, they will play non stop and never sleep…

  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips July 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Truett is a very good kor kor

  • Reply Jen July 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Awwww…Tru is so sweet… Watch out young girls..Tru will steal all your hearts!!

    • Reply Daphne August 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Hahahah we always tell him to choose a good one and it’s enough. If he turns out to be a casanova, the husband will have a word with him.

  • Reply serene July 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    congrats, Daphine! you deserve for the award!
    Do you mind to share with me the 3 blog posts that you submitted for OMY?

  • Reply qiu xian August 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Awwwww!! He is so so sweet! I teared abit at the end, hee..

  • Reply Daphne August 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm


  • Reply kirsten August 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    My kid brother (6 years younger) used to screen my calls, when he was about 5.

    Bro: Hello?
    Friend: Hello, is Kirsten there?
    Bro: Who are you?
    Friend: *gives name*
    Bro: Why are you calling?
    Friend: *gives reason*
    Bro: Okay, I will tell her for you.
    Friend: Can I talk to her myself?
    Bro: Why?

    And on and on… my friends thought I had a freak of a kid brother, but I thought it was pretty sweet.

    • Reply Daphne August 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      So cute!! I used to do that to my sis but I was 19 and she was 12 – needless to say, she totally hated it.

      • Reply Sarah August 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

        Yup, I totally did. Can’t wait to do that to the kids when they become teenagers hahaha.

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