I absolutely promise this is the final time I will address this topic, but sometimes when you get in trouble in school, you have to write lines or an essay about the lessons you have learned.
While I will never take back the things I wrote in my post Admit It. You Have a Favorite Kid, I Do, I will concede some of the thoughtful commentary that came my way had me thinking twice and learning to balance the scales.
Much of the reaction was over-the-top and very negative. There were many calls for me to save money for my kid’s therapy, and there were demands my children be taken from me. The nicest name I was called was doofus (by Jezebel, no less).
While I consider much of the reaction a little much for such a mindless piece of “news” (I was actually bumped from Anderson by the kid who kissed Carrie Underwood), the reaction to the piece did have me purposely planning more one-on-one time with my youngest son.
This morning Norma left a great comment on my original Favorite Kid post. “You should write a blog about the things you love the most about your youngest boy and make it up to him ha! BTW your sons are absolutely adorable!”
Great idea, Norma. The list of reasons Why Charlie Is My Other Favorite Kid follows after the jump.
Cute Overload 1 of 12Dammit, Charlie is pretty frickin cute. I'll be reminded of that every morning next year when he's the face of Cheerios - again
Storytelling 2 of 12Charlie is always tells a story with his Lego minifigs, puppets, cars, etc. His imagination is endless.
Puzzles and Books 3 of 12Never mind the tv, Charlie is happier with a book. "Read it, Daddy! Read it!" is a constant refrain in the living room after dinner.
The Chooch 4 of 12I LOVE that Charlie has a bonafide nickname. He is The Chooch. It came naturally, he was a beefy kid that momma worked hard to feed. He looked like a chooch and it has stuck. I love that he has a fun and friendly rugby player-like nickname.
Me Go! Me Go! 5 of 12Charlie always wants to be included in the fun things and strives to reach beyond his abilities to catch up with the rest of the family.
Still Needs Help 6 of 12While Zacharie is getting big and can do many things on his own, Charlie still needs a parent's help to reach a counter, put on clothes, and it makes us feel needed.
He’s Smart 7 of 12While Zacharie is taking his time learning to read and write. Charlie has been eager to grab books, and pencils, and crayons.
He’s Tiny 8 of 12Our Chooch is a wee one, and I love that he can still fit in the crook of my arms when he's asleep. it won't be for much longer, but it still happens
iBoy 9 of 12Charlie is a digital kid. He's had an iPod in his hands before he could walk. He is of the digital generation and I can't wait to watch him embrace it even more.
Naps 10 of 12It's always easy to tell when I've done a good job with Charlie, as he'll crash in the car on the way home.
Copycat 11 of 12Zacharie didn't learn jokes until he was 5 - now, by being a copycat, Charlie tries to tell jokes and it always cracks us up.
Bangarang! 12 of 12I love that every time he gets in my car to go anywhere he immediately asks for "Bangarang" to be on the stereo. A 2-year-old that loves dubstep is ok by me (although it may soon be topped by his Gangnam Style).
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