I walked into a very dramatic scene yesterday involving lots of cars and trucks, crashing sounds (Boom, Bash, BAM), yelling and then the ultimate slam when the transformer swept in and told the weakly digger to “Move over you big boo boo”!!!!
I had to walk away so as not to keel over laughing then and there. I really should be thankful, we can be sorta potty mouths over here, but if that’s the best he’s got at 3 1/2 I’m thankful for that, once preschool starts I feel like his vocabulary will grow extensively and not in all the ways we want.
So in the meantime, “You big Boo Boo” whatever that is, works for me.
I may have to try it myself some time!
To think this face could say anything bad!!!
- Windsor author on why it’s OK for kids to swear (metronews.ca)
- “Mum, why were swear words invented?” (hollypheby.wordpress.com)
- Putting a Lid on It: Quick Tips to Get Your Kids to Stop Swearing (socyberty.com)
- The Bully-vard Of Broken Bones (introducingmethegreat.wordpress.com)
- Dropping the F-bomb (iol.co.za)
- How to Get Your Kids to Stop Swearing (parentingtipsforchildren.wordpress.com)
- Proud Parenting moments: Swearing (samhitarhodes.wordpress.com)
If you asked me what I would do if I had an entire day without kids…
I would sleep in and then have a leisurely casual breakfast at my favorite coffee shop with my husband while reading the newspaper and enjoying a latte.
We’d spend the morning poking around downtown shops and plan our next vacation before stopping somewhere new for lunch.
In the afternoon, we’d catch a movie and snack on candy in the back of the theater, head home and read a book over a glass of wine/beer before trying a new recipe for dinner
We’d meet friend for drinks and then come home and fight over the remote in bed while catching up on tv and talking about our day.
That’s what I would say I’d like to do if I had a day without kids, but if I had a day without kids…
I’d wake up at 6:30 a.m. frantically wondering where the screaming alarm clock was and why there were no yelling demands for cereeeeaaaal and MAAAAMAAAAA, and I’d be wide awake and unable to sleep, wondering if they had already woken their babysitters. I might get that latte and coffee shop where we’d talk about the news and briefly enjoy the quiet and then wonder what they were up to and if they were behaving. We’d go shopping in the morning where I’d involuntarily turn around to the sound of every random child’s voice and be constantly looking for my small companions even though they weren’t there. Lunch would be somewhere completely child unfriendly where I would savor the ability to eat a meal at a restaurant without having to entertain anyone and then we’d head to a movie preferably devoid of children all while trying to avoid the nagging sensation to check in on them. Dinner conversation would eventually turn to the kids, what stages their going through, who needs what, what funny things they did, then with no one to tuck in and say good night to, we’d fight over the remote and wonder when we should pick up the kids.
“We’re never going to sit in a restaurant while our children scream”
“We will never ever bribe our children”
“My children will never have snotty noses, where are all the tissues?”
“Our children will never be that naughty”
“If our kids cry like that, we’ll leave the store IMMEDIATELY”
“We’ll never let our children sleep with us”
“Our kids clothes will always match”
“I am absolutely going to have a natural childbirth” (Major props to you that do!!!)
“I will never quote my mother”
“Our house will never look like that”
“Our kids will never have that many toys”
“Our baby will sleep through the night, and if she/he doesn’t they can just cry themselves to sleep”
“We can do all the things we did before with kids”
“Our kids won’t fight like that”
and the list goes on and on and on…I mean it this could be like a 10 parter!
It’s like from the moment you recognize that you want to or will have children, you start mounting this little righteous front about how you will be a superb parent. Most likely setting yourself up for complete failure. Maybe you are the supermom who can do it all but if you’ve never bribed your child in a moment of weakness/emergency or forgotten to swipe the permanently dripping green snot off their nose in a sleep induced coma after two weeks of circulating the flu around your house, I will be amazed and perhaps inspired to reach a new level of
mothersainthood, that even the church doesn’t recognize.
So we tell ourselves these little lies and they build up into this attitude. Then we have children and we become completely fucking unglued. That’s okay though, as long as we can bend, stretch, flex, adjust and grow in our attitude towards parenthood we’ll be okay. The biggest thing is to not be too much of a critic on yourself. If you bribe your child the moment you walk into Target, 4 days a week, you’ve got a problem. If you pull it out occasionally in times of emergency or just to retain your sanity (as long as your sanity doesn’t require it 4 days a week) so what. If your toddler spent the better part of her first 1.5 years sleeping with you, I’m sure there was a reason, we sure had ours. It’s not like most people take a perfect crib sleeper and toss them in their bed for funsies. So don’t get down on yourself if you told a few lies before this whole adventure began. Look back on them, recognize them and laugh at them.
And remember, I’m only writing this post so I can feel better about myself, not make you feel worse, no judgment over here. What’s the best lie you told yourself before kids?
- “Mummy I need a bicycle! All my friends have one!” (gbonjubolasanni.wordpress.com)
- 5 Disciplinary Mistakes Parents Make (mathsexcel.com)
- How Do You Discipline Your Children and Teach Them Respect Part 2 (vineandbranchworldministries.com)
- I Used to be a Morning Person (fakingpictureperfect.wordpress.com)
- Bribe and punishment (somanyrightways.wordpress.com)
- Childrens problem with parents!: (xinyipinkunicorn.wordpress.com)
- Learn How to Raise a Virtuous, Honest Child – Without Punishment (sensoryedge.com)
- Just something for thought (brightjoyful.wordpress.com)
Dear Today’s Youth,
Stop growing up so fast. Do you really have any idea what’s in store for you? Today, my 3-year-old told me that he wanted to grow up so that he could go to work. My response? “No, you absolutely do not, enjoy this time to play” We’ve always advocated play and fought the good fight against the media, technology companies, Disney and retail stores like Justice and Abercrombie and Fitch kids divisions who keep trying to turn children into miniature adults. Children these days have so many different devices from the time they can hold them on, that it’s amazing they can see straight. There are actually toys designed to hold Mommy and Daddy’s iPhones for use by a 1-year-old or less. But do they seem any happier or better for it? What is the benefit of growing up from a teen or preteen’s perspective? I remember thinking that growing up was synonymous with freedom, and that no one would be dictating what I did so naturally I would always be happy and entertained. Really, life would be good. What these mini adults fail to realize is that adulthood comes with its own new set of challenges. Competition never goes away, that popularity contest that exists in middle school and high school, simply transitions to college and then the job market. There is no point when everyone on the planet suddenly becomes on equal footing, a high school nerd is rarely transformed into Cinderella upon entrance into college. That’s not to say that she can’t find new friends, increase her support group and perhaps avoid past bullies. Then there’s the fact that at some point the near majority of individual’s parents will eventually stop bank rolling their lives. Hence your fabulous new ability to choose to do whatever you want, hopefully within legal limits, is again limited by your financial situation. This situation often doesn’t improve anytime in your young adult immediate future. Most of those fortunate to go to college leave school strapped with debt and fighting fiercely for a job that will pay the bills. Eventually, you get married and you have children, often not much more financially well off, now your responsible for another human being, maybe multiple. That tiny little baby depends on you 24/7. So while you are still “in charge” and able to make all of your decisions, those decisions are dictated by new responsibilities. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but why on earth does a 13-year-old think she wants to grow up. Enjoy having summers off, sleeping in, not having any responsibilities to dictate your days, read, go to movies, sit by the pool, take a nap, because while you continuously nag about having nothing to do, I assure you that any one of us young adults would happily trade places with you for a day.
Then, just maybe, you would realize how silly that mini skirt looks, and enjoy the fact that you have nothing to do on a random Wednesday afternoon in June.
All my Love,
Your future self.
- 6 Ways for Your Older Teen to Start Great Habits- It’s Never Too Late! (reesehendricks.wordpress.com)
- Recent Grads Face High Unemployment (theepochtimes.com)
- Lessons From the Youth of 1976 (misslynnt.wordpress.com)
- LEADERS OF TOMORROW;will tomorrow ever come? (prodigyempire.wordpress.com)
- The Summer Of Youth (sensestoryperception.com)
Pippa is a terrible sleeper although admittedly she’s getting better, I mean finally at 20 freaking months, we once again get to sleep almost through the night. Oddly though as an infant she was narcoleptic, she could be screaming her face off one second and then bam she would be utterly asleep. Naturally it never transitioned into her sleeping at night, but she would still randomly, during the day, go into total shutdown survival mode sleep. At one point I researched how early one could be diagnosed with narcolepsy. Not as a baby. She’s mostly grown out of it, except for this one habit of hers… I swear, don’t blame the cook.