“When humor goes, there goes civilization.” ~Erma Bombeck
In an article titled You’re Not Laughing Enough and That’s No Joke, Therapist Pamela Gerloff stated, “The average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day. The average 40-year-old? Only four.”
I’m on a mission to help change that.
Here’s a conversation between my nephew Corey and his four-year-old son:
Corey: Quit messing around and get ready for bed.
Son: Hey, I was born ready.
Corey: I SAID QUIT … wait, what? Where did you hear that?
Son: I don’t know, probably Youtube.
The other day, four-year-old granddaughter Ninja Doll (my nickname for her) tried to pull a fast one on her mom:
Ninja Doll (whining): MOM! I have a tummy ache, so I n-e-e-e-e-d a marshmallow!
Haha! Good try, Ninja Doll.
Next, one of my favorite parenting stories. It falls into the embarrassing-moments-in-parenting category.
Caution: If you blush easily, you might want to skip this one.
Ginger: “Ah … kids! Being embarrassed by them in public is part of a parent’s initiation to the big leagues.
“I was shopping with my very young daughter who was in the early stages of talking. I took her temperature that morning and announced she was running a fever, low-grade, no big deal. Off to the store we go.
“In the feminine product aisle (no less!) we pass two senior citizen women who smiled at my daughter and exclaimed how cute she was.
“My darling daughter announced in an alarmingly articulate manner, ‘I have a beaver.’
“No amount of shh’ing or repeating ‘fever’ would stop her from telling everyone about her beaver. Then she asked for a Dora balloon, the one with a dick.
“STICK, honey, a stick.
“Yes, I want it with the dick.”
Did you blush? There are plenty of embarrassing moments while raising kids. Believe me, I’ve had many. I’ll share the ones I remember in future posts.
“I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: ‘Checkout Time is 18 years.”
~ Erma Bombeck
Those 18 years zip by at light speed, but then the grandkids and more nieces and nephews come along to keep us young at heart.
Can you relate to any of these conversations? Do you have some of your own you’d like to share, either as a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, teacher, or from your own childhood?
Do you have any tooth fairy stories? Any amusing anecdotes while shopping with kids?
I’d love to hear from you.
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