Wednesday, January 21, 2009

How to Get Even with your Kids

I warned you that this blog included poor parenting, so here is an example. Did you ever want to get even with your teen for playing that awful music that you hate? Then you yell upstairs for them to turn it down, they do, then somehow the volume mysteriously creeps back up on it's own?

Here is an idea for you to try. One Saturday morning, after your kid finds his or her way to the couch and you are tinkering around close by, sing two lines of one of those catchy "old people" songs. Don't let them know you are doing it on purpose. Continue with what you were doing, then absentmindedly (or so it would seem), sing those same two lines.

You don't sing enough of the song to get them to say, "Mom, I can't hear the tv," and you leave enough time in between choruses that they don't realize what you are up to.

I did this with my daughter the other day.

Imagine my immense satisfaction when I heard from the recliner, "I got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle...THANKS A LOT, MOM!"

Isn't parenting fun?!

Remember this tidbit of advice when they are about 16, 17, and they are driving you crazy: God makes them obnoxious on purpose. That way, you will: 1. kick them out of the nest and 2. not be in too much pain when they leave.


If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. No need to point out my mistakes, I have family for that.