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Sharing is fun! (…and that is probably a lie)

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for your entries! Winner will be announced Friday night.

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The life of a toddler is tough… it’s not all animal cookies and afternoon naps in the sun. It’s filled with other not-so-nice stuff like pooping in your pants and sleeping in a bed with walls and being talked to in a foreign language (some call it “English”) all day long.

And then there is the worst part- the part where you have to watch another kid play with your favorite toy while your mom claps and grins. And then as soon as you steal your toy back, your friend picks up your new favorite toy to slobber on and your mom claps again. This is often called “sharing.”

We’re diving headfirst into the sharing stage of parenting in my house right now and it is not pretty. Sharing can be a hard thing, even for grown-ups. Teaching sharing, as it turns out, is even harder. I find myself constantly telling my toddler “sharing is fun!” in my most frantic excited voice, while nervously rotating balls and giraffes and push-toys around his playgroup buddies and waiting for someone to cry. Clearly my technique is not the most refined.

The truth is that sharing is not always “fun,” but sharing is good. And honestly, the more I think about, I am really not the best example of sharing- I’m actually pretty terrible. Please don’t ask my husband for his opinion. (And if you do ask, maybe subtly drop into the conversation that he can bring his own water bottle to the park if he thinks he might get thirsty while we’re out. Just sayin’.)

I’ve decided that if I’m going to teach my kid the value of sharing, I need to be a better sharer. I still dream at night of having separate bathroom sinks where I can brush my teeth in peace, but in real life big girls share the toothpaste and stand beside their husbands to scrub their teeth without elbowing. And I guess big girls probably don’t label their Girl Scout cookies “KARIN’S – DO NOT EAT” with a Sharpie (and then hide said Sharpie so no one else can use it), but we’re taking this one step at a time.

I can’t be the only one who struggles with this. So here we go. It’s time to start sharing. But in true petulant child form, if I have to do it, so do you.

Don’t worry; I’ll make it easy on you, and in this case, it actually will be fun. We all know it’s easier to share your brownies if you have two of them to begin with, so I am giving you something to share. ONE lucky person is going to win TWO spring photo sessions- one to keep and one to share with a friend!

Yes, you are reading that right. If you are the winner you get a full lifestyle portrait session (valued at $200) of whatever you choose- your growing belly, your kids, your whole family, your fiancé- absolutely free. And you get the exact same thing to share with whomever you choose!

    To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you are going to do a better job sharing.
  • To earn an extra entry, help spread the word. Do any of the following and comment on this post telling me what you did and earn one extra entry for each:

  • “Like” Rockit Photography on Facebook (If you’re already a Facebook fan, that counts, too- just let me know!)
  • Link to this blog post in your Facebook status and include something like “Rockit Photography is making sharing fun with a photo session GIVEAWAY!”
  • Mention this contest on your own blog.

Other important rules: Contest ends 3/6/12 at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random from all entries received. If you cheat I’ll cry and disqualify you. E-mails or comments on the Rockit Facebook page are welcomed, but only comments on this blog post will count as official contest entries. Winner will be announced on the blog 3/9/12. If winner does not respond within one week, an alternate winner will be selected. Awarded sessions must take place by 6/30/12. No cash value. Travel costs (if applicable) will be the responsibility of the winner.

Oh, and don’t panic if your entry comment does show up right away. If you’ve never commented before I’ll have to confirm that you’re not spam before your comment posts. I approve comments periodically throughout the day so just be patient and check back in a few hours. : )

Good luck! Now go pull out that hidden stash of Thin Mints and give one to your neighbor.

  • Sally Stanfill - I LOVE this!!! I have to admit I started thinking, “Oh my, what I am also about to start learning more about as my almost-one-year-old moves into the stage where training and teaching and modeling examples are apart of every moment?!” Thank you for SHARING this :) I also have to admit that I looked deeper into your words and I wanted to encourage you that you are already doing it . . . you are sharing your learned lessons with others who have toddlers or are about to. And for that, I say, THANK YOU. :)

    I WISH I lived near you so that I could be a more practical winner of this SHARE!!!! But I may just go ahead and enter anyway, right?!?!

    ok, on with my pro-activeness . . . sheesh! I seem to say a lot more when it’s not my physical voice being heard, but more of my virtual voice :)

    Thing I will work on sharing: my cookies. I don’t like it when Taylor tries to share the ones on MY plate :)ReplyCancel

  • Sally Stanfill - I just liked you on facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Stanfill - I just “liked” you on facebookReplyCancel

  • Sally Stanfill - oops sorry for double comment above . . . didnt mean to do that! And, I have a confession that I liked you on my coupon account :) not my personal account, cause it-dont-exist. so dont feel like you have to count that either! And since I double posted above, just use this comment as a count towards me mentioning you and this giveaway on twitter and on my blog!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke Chesler - I will share both tubs of cookies I bought for playgroup tomorrow, not just one.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - What a great idea Karin! Sharing IS caring.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I think I will work on sharing my time more. I don’t like how selfish I can be with “my” time. Giving of myself to help others is definitly something I need to work on.ReplyCancel

  • Susanne - Oh my, I don’t like to share my weight watcher’s desserts, and I am currently not speaking to my husband for eating THREE of the FOUR desserts that were in the container! I am the one trying to lose weight, after all!! So I will try to do a better job of sharing my low calorie desserts with my greedy husband.

    And, I’ve alraedy “LIKED” your blog on facebook. And I like it for real, also!ReplyCancel

  • David - Where is the disclaimer against entries by employees, their family or friends that would prohibit ME from winning?
    Oh, and I’ve stockpiled some Coke to share with a certain great photographer when she visits!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - One thing? You’re talking to a former only child married to an only child! Let’s see…food, blankets, shower gel, you name it. I guess I am the worst about food–that I actually hide! Promise to try harder? Maybe? No…ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Karin, you are so cute. This is such a fun idea. I will do a better job sharing all the yummy cookie dough chunks in my favorite ice-cream. I usually just pick them all out and dump them into MY bowl, leaving Will’s bowl quite sparse.ReplyCancel

  • Kat - I love this :). I will try to work on sharing iPad with my hubby. He likes to play with it too. B the way, I liked you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - And I posted the link :)ReplyCancel

  • Kait - I’m going to share more of my pencils with my pencil-eating-studentsReplyCancel

  • Lou - I want to start sharing more of my time with my husband.( and not just the grandkids)ReplyCancel

  • Lena - Hi Karin,
    I am going to work on sharing my newborn with her grandparents so I can go to the movies. Does that count?? I am your biggest Facebook fan, and that is how I found out about this contest. And I am going to share the link right….now!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - I promise to start sharing… my love of “I love Lucy” with my 3 year old. :)ReplyCancel

  • suz kashnow - i am going to do a better job of sharing my baby with my husband… hubby doesn’t get much chance to do feedings or the napping routine, b/c i am a nursing nazi – no bottles on weekends, gotta keep the milk supply up. but this morning i shared him when he was being wide-awake baby, while i was trying to nurse him into dreamland for his morning nap so that i could hit the gym for my 10-mile training run. this is a time-sensitive challenge – must nurse, put babe down to sleep, get dressed for gym, drive to gym, run 10 miles, drive home, and shower – all before babe is ready for lunch (more nursing)! so i’m wrestling with squirmy baby who wants to do anything but rock to sleep, watching the clock tick by, and with it my available minutes to run going down the drain. i finally handed the babe over to my husband – “please help me, i neeeeeeeeed to go runnnnnn! can you put him to sleep?” and you know what my husband said??? “thank you for asking! i’m so glad to do something and feel like i’m helping!” wow. i am a lucky girl. <3

    ps. great contest idea :)

    pps. already a FB fan, posted a link to your blog and tagged your page. i am on FB too: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Michelle-Photography/232481920145653ReplyCancel

  • Jon - Now this is fun. Hmm – I will share more phone time with my family. I’m terrible at that. PS of course I’m your FB fan.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Towle - I will do a better job sharing the remote control with Philip :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Towle - I already “like” Rockit Photography on FB :)
    I also shared your link on my fb page.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - I am a fan. I reposted your link on FB. When I have a home, I will make cupcakes/cookies and share them with my office, and all the people who have let me crash on their couch. And maybe this weekend I’ll practice making cupcakes/cookies and share them with you!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa dvorak - My husband says I should share more of the bed and the pillows with him, so I’ll go with that. At least for tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Cowsert - Hi Karin- I am enjoying your new website and this new contest too! What an awesome way to “share” your talents with friends and family.Abby just got her braces off so now would be a great time for some new pics!! I am learning to share more of my time with my husband and spend at least 20 minutes talking to each other every day.:)Melanie CowsertReplyCancel

  • Melanie Cowsert - carter “liked” you on her facebook too!ReplyCancel

  • Kami - I’m sharing more of my time with friends now that I live so much closer to them! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Bana - I hate sharing food, but now that I have a little boy, I foresee a future of it. :) Oh, and I like you on FB!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie pitzer - well, i hope i can win this since i live in charlotte, nc… but i can EASILY get to columbia if i am so fortunate as to win!! anyways, i will share cookies tonight! but not every night… that would be too much, right?ReplyCancel

  • stephanie pitzer - i officially “like” you on facebook, too! woot!ReplyCancel

  • And the winner is… » rockit blog - […] I had made, which I would normally scarf down myself. Now this is not one of the Girl Scout cookies I mentioned- I actually don’t have my order in yet- but this is a notable example of me being a mature, […]ReplyCancel

  • Sweet pea » rockit blog - […] been a true gift to me- this girl is a fountain of wisdom and encouragement. Sally actually won the sharing giveaway earlier this year… I’m so thrilled we FINALLY coordinated time to make this happen. Now […]ReplyCancel

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