My Kids: Creatures of Habit


I have noticed lately that my boys are creatures of habit.

I guess they come by it honestly.  Although, I have been a little more flexible in my routine since becoming a stay at home mom.

But my kids, not so much.

Big Boy lives by the clock.  He has to eat breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper at a certain time every day.  If we are just a minute or so late, we hear about it.  Oh boy, do we hear about it!

Big Boy also has to have everything just so.  It’s his way or the highway.  He obsesses on one thing forever.  It drives me nuts.  I constantly have to tell him to just let it go.  And Big Boy loves to repeat words, sentences, noises over and over again.  Little Man loves this.  Especially the fart noises.  He giggles and giggles til no end.

Little Man likes routine as well.  When he goes down for a nap I have to place his stuffies just so.  Each has a specific spot in his crib and I have to give each of them (I let him have 2 stuffies at a time in his bed) and him a kiss before laying down.  A few weeks ago I started giving Little Man books to read in his crib before his nap.  Now, he asks to read books in his crib at bed time.

Little Man is a stickler for order.  He loves to line up his toys all in a row.  If I take one away he gets upset.  I cannot rock the boat!  He needs to be the one in charge.  Toys have to be played with in a certain way too.  If you do it wrong, he will let you know.  When you try to play hockey with him, you have to sit a certain way.  I tried standing once.  He got very mad and screamed at me.

If you show something to new to Little Man, he will want you to repeat it a million times.  Case in point – I took his SpongeBob stuffie and made it pop up over his crib railings.  He was surprised and he laughed really loud.  I did it a few more times but it wasn’t enough.  He wanted me to keep going.  Little things like that he never tires of.

Spring is somewhat here.  We keep getting nice warm weather for a few days and snow/cold on the next few.  So, on the warm days I have tried putting Little Man in a Spring type jacket.  NOPE!  Not allowed.  He loves his Winnie The Pooh parka.  He throws a big fit if I try to put on a different jacket.

And Big Boy refused to wear his rubber boots for a few days.  He said that his shoes were just fine.  He came home from school one day with his shoes and socks soak right through to his bare feet.  His jacket was also soaked through.  (We think he may have laid down in the puddle.)  But nope, he couldn’t wear his rubber boots.  Just couldn’t do it.  Had to prove Mom and Dad wrong.

All of these little things drive me insane most days.

But these little quirks are what makes my boys who they are and possibly who they will turn out to become.

Most days I love them just the way they are.

I will try not to change them…

Too much.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Lisa Marie Fletcher
    April 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    That’s awesome. :) hehe. I have this image of a laughing little guy in his crib over spongebob haha.

    Amazing how kids can all be so completely different! My kids are pretty flexible so I’m lucky that way.

  2. Soberjulie
    April 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    I’m always so surprised at my dd’s habits, she hates change and is often seen in her winter coat thru June

  3. multitestingmommy
    April 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I think most kids are creatures of habit!

  4. Leslie
    April 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Routine is great but not being able to vary from it can be a sign of something else. I can’t remember hold old your boys are but it might be worth mentioning at your next doctors visit just in case

  5. Nicole King
    April 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    My children have such similar habits to those of yours. It’s funny how quirky their personalities can be at such a young age.

  6. Kelly @ City Mom
    April 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Oh Brandy I hear you!! Everything you describe is my daughter to a T! It actually makes me feel better reading this b/c it makes me see that it’s normal behaviour! And that I’m not the only one who goes a little crazy over it!

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