Hypochondriac in the making

My youngest son Pete (9) is showing al the signs of a future hypochondriac.
'Mommy, if I pull my thumb, I feel something in my neck!' or 'When I breath my ear feels 'funny'.

And then he looks up at me. His eyes filled with concern, but also with belief that I know the solution to all his problems. And since I have long since lost my godlike status with my other children, I cherish his belief in me and do my best to live up to it.

But now he has been struck with some coughing virus. As cough viruses go, this is a rather bening one, but as a future hypochondriac little Pete is very worried about his prognosis. This morning he arrived at the breakfast table looking very much like someone who has just heard got the message that Barney's will be canceled.
'What's wrong honey?' I asked.
Pete burst into tears. 'I want my cough to go away!'
Patiently I explained to him that these things take time, but I could see his belief in my powers dwindling more rapidly than my money.

'Here honey,' have some vitamine C I offered.
His face lit up, as he chewed on the two tablets.

Sometimes parenting is easier than you think!

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  1. That's pretty funny. Speaking as someone who borders right on that very fine edge of hypochondria, I totally rate to Pete's plight. Poor guy. I hope this coughing virus goes away. Have you also tried honey?

  2. No I haven't but that sounds like a great idea. Honey for my honey!

  3. Wouldn't it be wonderful if 2 vitamin C's could solve all our parenting issues!

  4. Aw, little nice guy. Hope he's better soon.

  5. Oh I wish it could all be that easy! And yes, a spoonful of real honey - natural and cheap! Thanks for visiting my blog, have a great week!

  6. Well, what do you know... parenting solutions come in tablet form now :)
    I hope he gets well soon. And hopefully, he won't grow up into a hypochondriac :)

  7. Oh I hope he is better soon!

  8. Maybe there's a tablet for hypochondria too?! It wouldn't surprise me...

  9. I just want you to know that I thought of this post as I was laying in bed this morning telling myself I needed to get up! LOL!

  10. I find the less concerned I act, my daughter will usually follow my lead, she worries also.

  11. Awww poor baby. My son gets excited about drinking one of those ah - what's it called ...oh airborne. He tells me when he thinks he needs one. Have you ever seen the show Monk? You'd have to know the show to get my reference but I call him Monk Johnson. He's pretty dramatic and germs and blood. I see that above "less concerned" comment - it doesn't work for me. :-O

  12. Hope your son is feeling better. Make sure he gets plenty of rest.


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