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Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?

Posted June 8, 2010

My husband and I were so excited when we found out a new little Melvin would be joining the crew that neither one of us inquired about the sex.

It didn't matter because we knew that our child would receive unconditional love. Plus, it wasn't like we had a choice in the matter anyway.

By the time my doctor announced the arrival of my son, I was so exhausted and elated that I don't think it registered that I was about to raise a man-child. Later I reasoned, "Hey, I have a husband, a bonus son, two brothers AND four nephews so this should be a breeze." (Say it with me now, "yeah. right!")

My older brother and I were really close growing up and my younger brother seemed like a babydoll to me, therefore, I didn't have a lot of experience in the sibling fight department. Furthermore, my parents just wouldn't allow it. But someone really could have warned me about the wrestling matches that have recently broken out between my sons.

Maybe it's just me, but isn't 19 months old a little too young for that? Apparently not, because I've witnessed my baby attack his 13-year-old brother like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Sometimes if you look close enough, just moments before he jumps on his brother's back, you can even see his right eyebrow go up (like The Rock). I feel so bad for my 13-year-old because he just takes the abuse from the little guy.

But when I see JP getting out of hand, I send them to their separate corners (bedrooms, that is.) Making matters worse, on occasion, I've found myself on the receiving end of one of the "People's Elbows" (see footage of The Rock in the ring). And you KNOW playtime is over once mommy catches an elbow to any part of the body.

So where did all this agression come from? Beats me. We don't even watch wrestling or mixed martial arts in my household. Not that we're against it. My husband and I just didn't want to encourage aggresion. A lot of good that did.

I've come to the simple realization that he's a boy, so I guess a little rough housing is to be expected. After all, it could be good practice for pee-wee football.

I guess I'll just have to get in on the act by sewing costumes and screaming, "Can You Smell What The Rock is Cooking?!"

Miriam Melvin is the mom of two boys - 19 months and 13 years - and a producer at WRAL-TV.


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  • AMHall82 Jun 8, 2010

    I'm not sure it's a matter of the mother not caring. I think maybe it's more of we didn't get the whole story. My question would be this: Is he laughing and giggling and OBVIOUSLY having a good time when he's acting out, or does he seem angry, mad, sad, or tired? If he seems to be having a blast, then you REALLY need to get a handle on it now. Teach him that it is unacceptable behavior. If he is exhibiting any other emotions than enjoyment, you should see your pediatrician. It could be a sign of bigger issues. Good luck (if that's what you're looking for by sharing your story).

  • StrollinMama Jun 8, 2010

    Whoa folks- us moms have to stick together! I think one of our biggest jobs as mothers of boys is to help them figure out how to manage their boundless energy. Sending brothers to their corners to cool off sounds like a good way to give them time and space to regroup. Thanks for the insight, Mama Melvin!

  • OkeySmokeAChokey Jun 8, 2010

    That is not normal for a 1 1/2 yr old. My brother and I use to "rough house" but we were alot older(7&8). My 3 sons have not had that kind of incling, they do rough house but they know the boundries. If they didn't they would be haning by their ears from the rafters. I suggest you get a grip on the situation or you will be spending a lot of time in the Juvinile Court system. Although based on the article, I don't think you really care as you obviously think this is "cute".

  • Sweet Tiffyhog Jun 8, 2010

    I have 2 girls 17 & 11 and my son is 7! I had no idea what I was in for when he came along..... my girls, just like the poem what are little girls made of...sugar, & spice yeah all that, my son total oppsite he also likes to "roughhouse" I guess it's a guy thing! I feel ya girl, hang in there~

  • 1 of the original Americans Jun 8, 2010

    cant wait to read the story in a few years that is beating you too and not just the 13 year old. Oh wait he is already hitting you! You had better get a handle on this little angel now!!! Making excuses "he's a boy" is crazy!!! Deal with it now or RDPD will deal with later!!!