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