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Dorothy Schneider and Brian Wallheimer have their hands full with three young children: two daughters and a son. They tell stories about the kids, but also the challenges of building and maintaining their own relationship through all life’s ...
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Dorothy Schneider and Brian Wallheimer have their hands full with three young children: two daughters and a son. They tell stories about the kids, but also the challenges of building and maintaining their own relationship through all life’s challenges.
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By Dorothy and Brian Wallheimer
July 14, 2017 5:43 a.m.

This past week was 'grandma camp' for our girls: Ellie, 7, and Katie, 5. They spent the week down near St. Louis with Brian's parents, who spoiled them rotten with fun and food.

That should make for an interesting transition home this week with mean, old mom and dad. But hopefully they missed us at least a little.

We had 3-year-old Charlie solo this week and enjoyed every dialogue-filled second. (And literally every second was filled with words.) Charlie is in a nonstop talking phase that is both hilarious and exhausting.

He fills the days with questions such as, 'Why is there grass?' and 'Where is the moon?' And (a favorite this week): 'Where are the sisters?'

He pretends to read his books and strings together random phrases. In general, Charlie narrates anything and everything he does.

Brian, who is home with the kids all day, finds it less endearing after hours of the nonstop chattering. (And I pointed out to him that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) I give Brian so much credit for Charlie's massive vocabulary, since dad and son spent mornings in dialogue at grocery stores, parks and other outings while the sisters were at school the past couple school years. Though the girls and I do our fair share of talking to and around Charlie. Basically our household is never quiet.

Beyond the constant talking, Charlie relished his week as an only child in other ways. He got to be center stage, which isn't a position he has had much experience in. And we got to see some of his best qualities when he wasn't competing with the girls for our attention.

His sometimes-destructive nature was sidelined. He took initiative on his own coloring projects and Play-Doh mashup and Lego design, instead of getting easily distracted by the latest whim of one of his sisters. He got to pick any swing he wanted on the backyard playset. He set the pace for every walk and scooter ride through the neighborhood.

And then he told us ALL about it.

 

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