Let’s face it: Kids can be annoying. Kids can drive you right up the wall, and right down the other side. I think they look at torturing parents as a game. The madder mom gets, the redder her face gets, the funnier it is. The madder dad gets, the louder he yells. Let’s see if he can shake stuff on the walls! I must be just a big kid because I tend the laugh when the kids are getting into trouble. My dad was the same way. I can’t tell you how many times he would have to turn a laugh into a cough, or leave the room because my mom was yelling at us over some stupid thing my brother and I just did. I’d like to think it’s an inherited trait; however, maybe it’s all males who do this. Do other dads laugh at the expense of their children? I have sat in the kitchen waiting for the timer to go off choking with laughter at The Boy as he sits in time-out sticking his tongue out at me so many times I’ve lost count. It’s funny! He is our constant source of entertainment. He comes up with the best facial expressions, the best come backs, the best creative pronunciations of words. He’s a sarcastic little bugger too. Most kids don’t understand sarcasm. With my family that is completely untrue. My kids get sarcasm. My kids are almost as sarcastic as I am. I find this hysterical. I also find that they’ll probably get themselves into some sort of trouble because of their sarcastic nature. The Boy most definitely will, and probably already has. I know we’ve had notes home about him rolling his eyes at some comment the teacher made. (On side note: How appropriate is it that while writing this post, Vampire Weekend’s The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance comes on?) Isn’t rolling one’s eyes a sign of appropriateness while being yelled at? I know I did that with my parents when I was younger. I also remember my butt breaking many wooden spoons… I wonder if there is any correlation between the two.
In order to curb the kid’s crappy behavior, I’ve started a new trend. I simply tell them the following, “You know, I will always love you. I just really don’t like you right now.” This seems to have the desired effect. The kids know I’m going to punish them if they don’t knock it off. They knock it off, and I don’t have to stop what I’m doing. Win-win. I have a feeling that I will be using this statement more and more as my kids get older. Next year The Girl goes to middle school. I don’t know how I feel about this. With middle school comes hormones, crying, boyfriends, acne, crying, break-ups, crying, attitudes, a new school, crying, etc (did I mention crying?). I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand it. The Girl knows that I don’t deal with emotional stuff well. I’ve always been the bottle up your feelings and let them burst out in a rush at the person you’re not really mad at kind of guy. Lord, give me strength. She might make it to 13 if she straightens up, flies right, and doesn’t annoy the crap out of me.
Have you ever laughed at your child? Are your kids successfully sarcastic? Leave a comment below.