Thursday, September 03, 2009

Bursting Some Bubbles

A funny friend of mine was joking with me the other day about how she bets my kids never fight--and don't say they do and burst her bubble.

It struck a chord with me because I have been wanting to post about that very subject. So...sorry if I burst anyone's bubble, but the truth needs to come out.

We are not a perfect family.
Yeah, I know. It's a shocking newsflash.

I feel kind of bad that I don't post the stories about how my kids fight, or disobey, or how I (gasp) lose my temper and yell at everyone, because the blog gives a pretty one-sided peek into our lives.

I just figured you didn't want to read a post about that kind of stuff. You know, like today I listened to the little kids say,

"Stop copying me!"
"You naughty. I telling Mom 'bout dat."
"No..YOU naughty."
"Stop copying me!"
"YOU stop copying ME!" (ad nauseum)
"Stop dat! I telling on you."

And don't forget to stamp your feet and throw a fit.

Some days, I figure if I can't beat them, I'll try joining them. It's generally a bad idea. I'm not as cute as they are when they stomp their feet.


Cari Bacon said...

LOL....Cali blinks her eyes very purposefully when she is trying to shed some tears to get her own way. I decided to join her yesterday when she didn't want to eat her dinner. I started blinking my eyes many times with her.

My husband gave me a disapproving look. Whatever! :)

Lori said...

How dare you burst my bubble like that! Well...MY kids NEVER fight. BAHAHAHAHAHA....BAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Yeah, we all are guilty of making our lives look pretty darn good in blogload, don't we?!

Ok, I'm gettin' real here. I'm a yeller. Oh yes I am. Well, not all the time but when I out!!

Ok, if you can't come over for coffee, we'll meet half way..ok?!

Adeye said...

Oh my gosh---you had me going--I totally thought I had finally met the perfect family :) Dang!

Hee hee!!!!

Right there with you, dear friend--ain't no such things as the perfect family, huh???? But, you're perfect just the way you are :)

Angie said...

Phew...glad you clarified at the end. I thought maybe you were the one stamping your feet and throwing a fit. 'Cause sometimes moms need to do that....:) And boy does that cause the kids to stop and take notice!!

trustandobey said...

Has anyone else had their kids fighting in the car to the extent that you just lean forward and turn up the volume of whatever song is on the radio at the time? It doesn't generally stop the arguement but at least you can't hear it anymore. Be aware that you may get some strange looks from the cars around you...oh well.

Gretchen said...

I try to join in with them and it always just makes them more mad! I also turn up the radio full blast when I have had enough (in the car). They either get LOUDER or start to cry (the little one). It is a no win situation.

Kimberlie said...

I am a yeller too. I don't want to be. I want to have that calm Mommy voice, the one that says, "Uh oh, someone needs a time out" in a syrupy sweet, understanding voice. But alas, I don't have that kind of voice. I wonder if I can take lessons.

I am with you on the joining in. There have been a couple of times when I have just flopped in a chair and cried. That sure gets some notice.

I like the positive side of things. No one really wants the day-to-day dark side. We all need the lighter side of life to keep us going. :)

Chris said...

Go right ahead and stomp your feet (just make sure no little toes are in the way)
I was hoping you would give lessons on happy family life, but guess you don't get the job after all.

Mom Of Many said...

If anyone thinks our kids are perfect, it is clearly obvious that they (1) do not have children OR (2) are very old and don't remember what their kids were like....

I have told my kids if I get "forgetful" go ahead and punch me, okay? We are real. We have raised real kids...imperfect with all the flaws that come from us.

Sweet post! xo

Wife of the Pres. said...

Ha, Ha! Me either. How about slamming a door?

My little ones don't do that so much, but my pre-teen sure does.

Yeah, joining them never seems to work out like I think it will. :)

And you did burst my bubble! I thought you had it all figured out!

Thanks for your sweet note!

Wife of the Pres. said...

To answer trustandobey, I have SO DONE THAT with the radio. And you know what, a lot of the time it works b/c they quit focusing on themselves trying to figure out if Mommy has really lost it this time!


Karin said...

Sometimes I just start acting totally weird, like singing and dancing around and they get so astonished that they just stare with their mouths gaping open. ha. If I can get them to laugh, it's a good thing, but I am usually too grumpy to remember to try this tactic.