The Battle Over Balloons
What is it about balloons that makes kids crazy?
My kids will fight tooth and nail for a balloon. Even deflated, non-floating, sad, little balloons are cause for World War III in our house.
I like balloons as much as the next person, but, seriously, what is it about balloons that makes kids batty? The balloon in this photo is from a wedding we had the honor of attending on New Year’s Eve. That was 6 days ago!!! It is still reeking havoc on my home. I can’t bring myself to pop it yet. The night was so wonderful and my kids so love this silly balloon. What is it about balloons?
There must be something behind the idea of a shiny object that can fly or float on air. Maybe it is the bounciness of the balloon or its ability to take on new shapes as it is twisted, knotted, blown up, or deflated.
Perhaps it falls into the old adage of the simplest things in life bringing the most joy.
I have found three ways to combat the balloon battle.
Pop the stupid balloon in front of my children and hear them scream.
Find two more balloons so that they all have one.
Wait until the kids go to sleep or school, deflate the beastly balloon, hide it in the bottom of the trash can, and pray they never remember the precious party favor again.
Whatever it is that makes you and your family crazy, I hope you are able to resolve the issue without the whole “pop the balloon and hear them scream” scenario.
Seeking solutions to the problems in our relationships should have positive options. I am not sure hiding the evidence in the bottom of the trash can is the best solution for most problems either, but maybe offering a compromise of sharing or more “balloons” in the form of opportunities is the way to work things out.
As you love those in your life, accept their idiosyncrasies (i.e. balloon obsession) and find ways to keep peace, have fun with positive energy, and dedicate intent to grow from your battles and compromises.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. No balloons were harmed in the writing of this post.