(Alternative title: Miss Bossy and the hula hoops)
The girls were introduced to hula hoops a few months ago at the triplet picnic we attended. Since that time, they've seen some in a neighbor's yard which has lead to nonstop discussion regarding hula hoops. I've been waiting for them to go on sale because the only ones we could find in nearby stores were "fancy" and cost $6 each. After deciding that they are NEVER going to go on sale and not finding any cheap, plastic ones (I am admitting to being too lazy to look online), we purchased three hula hoops over the weekend.
The girls were in hula hoop heaven when we arrived home.
They can't actually use them in the traditional way but they were having fun making up games and just running around with them. Allie, though, decided that EVERYONE had to play with their hula hoops at the same time. She became quite upset when Anna wandered off sans hula hoop and then returned holding a picture she found. Allie yelled, "Anna, put the paper down and play with hula hoop."
And then there was some fighting between Allie and Em because one of them touched the other's hula hoop. I finally told them that if they didn't stop, the police were going to come to our house and take the hula hoops away. Yes, I told the girls that the police take away toys when kids fight over them. Well, that worked like a charm. There were no more arguments for the rest of the evening.
And yes, we have tried "toy in the time-out." For us, the result is more screaming. But the police and toy-taking, that worked wonders.