Mom: "Jer, sweetie, we've really gotta talk about getting rid of some of your stuffed animals."Later never quite happens. And this is what I find in my 8 year old (going on 25) boy's room that night:
Jer: "NOOO!" (using the whiniest voice possible)
Mom: "But you just have way too many and there's just not enough space in your room."
Jer: "Yes there is! They all stay in my bed with me and I cuddle with them at night."
Dad: "Look buddy, you can't keep them all, there's just way too many. Why don't you pick out your favorites, and the rest we can see about donating to kids who don't have a lot of toys?"
Jer: With big tears forming in his eyes, "But they're all my favorites. They're special, and I don't wanna abandon them."
Mom: "Sweetie, you won't be abandoning them, you'll be giving them other homes."
Jer: Lower lips is sticking out, quivering..a tear slides down his cheek, "But this is their home! They're mine and I take care of them. I can't sleep without them."
Dad: Starting to get frustrated. "Jer, half the time they just end up on your bedroom floor! There's just way too many!"
Jer: Starts to cry softly...totally making Daddy and Mommy feel like total jerks.
Mom: "Ok, you know what, why don't you calm down some, and we'll talk more about it later."
Ok, this is a short version of the same conversation hubby and I have with Jer about his crazy stuffed animals addiction...which of course is not helped by the fact that his mother is a total enabler and constantly feeds the addiction! But before you read the dialogue, a little background on this boy of mine might help. Jer is almost 100 pounds, is just a few inches shy of five feet tall, and he's only 8. He's what you would call a "boy's boy" (kind of like 'man's man'), so he's a rough and tumble kid. He studies mixed martial arts, and he's at that age where he tries to act cool at all times around other people because he's trying to be a 'cool dude'. He loves football, wrestling, and when it comes to 'girly stuff', he stays away from it like it's kryptonite. What girl things you ask? Well, anything the color pink, Disney princess related, sparkly, sequin-laden, or cuddly and cutesy. Except when it comes to stuffed animals... our interventions usually goes something like this: