Monday, February 18, 2008

Oh the things you'll say...

Dr. Seuss promised exciting things in "Oh, The Places You'll Go" but no one ever warned you about the things you'll say. And that has become an eye-opening experience for us. Think back to all the things your parents said that you HATED. Like, "Don't make me come over there" or "When I was a little girl I..." You think you'll never say those things and I hope for your sake you are right. But, as for me (and Thomas, too) those things have been escaping my mouth despite my best efforts.

Case in point: Kai insisted on having a banana because Ivy was having one. Kai doesn't really like bananas. She peeled the banana and took one bite. When I told her she needed to eat more she said, "No way, Jose. No Way!"

I, of course, told her she couldn't leave her chair until she had 2 bites. She took her required bites, proceeded to mock-vomit, and was greeted with this pearl of wisdom courtesy of her mother, "Kai, there are children all over the world who don't have bananas and would love to eat good food. You need to eat it now and like it." Yep, I said it. I officially sealed my membership to the "Bad Parenting Phrases" club. We have jackets and everything.

Thomas beat me to membership last week. When he was helping put Kai to bed she asked him if I could keep coming back and checking on her. Knowing if I did it that bedtime would stretch on forever and because it was a LOST night, Thomas told her he would be doing the honors. She pitched a huge fit to which he said "Kai, I'm going to be the one to check on you tonight and you're gonna like it." He walked into the bedroom after saying it, looked at me and said, "I can't believe I actually said those words."

So, that begs the question, what is the most "parental" thing you've ever said?

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