I know my kids get sick of hearing me repeat myself, yell, nag, sigh with exasperation and stomp around the house and the truth is, I'm tired of hearing them say a lot of things too.
Things I'd Be Happy
To Never Hear Come Out
Of My Kids' Mouths
- You never bring me anything good to drink/buy me cool stuff/let me stay up late/say yes.
- What are you talking about?
- I don't want to right now. Maybe later.
- I said okay, okay? OKAY!
- Yeah, sure. Wait, what? I wasn't listening.
- I don't need you.
- Oops, I forgot the ____ at home/at the club/at school.
- What's the big deal anyway?
- Have a spaz, why don't you!
- I want some/buy me this/can I have it/I need this.
- It's not fair.
- Hey, did you know that when you waved at Jenna's mom your arm kind of shook like an old lady arm? Weird.
- I forgot to tell you about the science project due tomorrow/crappy grade on my math test/that I broke a string on my tennis racquet.
- I know I know I know I know I know I know. I KNOW!
- That really wasn't that funny.
- Oh, so that's what's for dinner...
So here's the deal, if they stop saying even a few of these phrases, then I'll make an effort to stop ranting and raving about the full garbage can, the homework, the failure to wake up on time and the inability to remember what time we leave for piano lessons on Mondays.
Actually, on second thought, scratch that last one, because after enough weeks and years of piano lessons, even a complete moron should be able to remember what time we leave.