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my mom: don't jerk her so much.

paul is constantly playing a little too rough with nola -- tugging her legs, twisting her arms, pushing her head. (not out of meanness, of course.) drives my mom batty. i've taken to saying, "don't do that or grandma will freak out." i have been careful to avoid her eyes when i say it. sure, when it's just me and the kids, i'm always telling him to stop doing whatever it is he is doing:

don't you dare step on her head
let go of her feet
don't drop her
don't touch her eyes

but his level of "stop that!" activity always seems to go up when my mom's around. i'm not sure if he's actually doing more or if her panicked reaction to every move just makes it seem that way.

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