Friday, September 21, 2007

Monster Man Strikes Again

You should never laugh at your child when they are misbehaving as it will only encourage them to repeat the misbehavior. ~Anyone who can say that with a straight face hasn't met my Monster Man.

Monster Man is supposed to be eating his carrots. It isn't that hard, we are eating chicken noodle soup and all I've required of him is to eat all his noodles and carrots. He has been stalling all night. First the soup was too hot, then it needed salt, then he had to pick every little bit of parsley and onion off his carrots before he could put them in his mouth, then Sweet Terror stole his spoon (the one he wasn't using because it wouldn't pick his carrots up just right), then one of the carrots fell on the floor, etc, etc, etc, then he finally pulled out the big one, the one excuse that can never be argued with, "I have to go to the bathroom." He "goes" and it takes him forever. I yell, "Monster Man, finish and get back here and eat your carrots!" I really wish I didn't sound so much like Miss Hannigan when I yell. Monster Man runs out and flashes me his just-try-to-stay-mad-at-me smile and I patiently ask, "Did you wash your hands?" He runs back into the bathroom. I hear enough water coming out of my faucet to fill a bathtub (Ooooo, I could really go for a warm, quiet bubble bath right now) and so I yell,

"Monster Man.... MONSTER MAN!!!!"

I am just about to charge into my bathroom to yell at said Monster Man when he comes rushing out and smiles up at me with a ridiculously large set of plastic, glow in the dark, vampire teeth in his mouth.

I tried not to laugh, honestly I did.

I did manage to mumble, in between fits of unparent-like giggling, that vampires need to eat their carrots too so that they don't die.

9 comments:

Jen said...

Ha ha ha! This sounds sooo familiar!

Montserrat said...

They do this kind of stuff so we'll keep them around. So funny!

mom huebert said...

Ah, masters of distraction, aren't they? You can either laugh or scream. I'm glad you laughed. But I'm glad the vampire had to eat his carrots too!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Did he finish the carrots ... sans onions and parsley?

LaughterThoughts said...

so funny! i can totally picture it!oh yeah the "bathroom distraction"-- b#1 ended up in the bathroom for an extended period of time tonight just as she was to load the dishwasher. so after ten minutes, i smirk at daddy and say(in a voice loud enough to be heard behind the bathroom door), "boy! she's been in the bathroom so long that i've already gotten the dishwasher loaded!" she was back in the kitchen in less than five seconds. and the dishes were waiting. :) i didn't have to try and hide my laughter on that one!

Kim said...

Amazing what they will do to avoid foods they don't want or a little bit of work. When we were kids my brother would drag himself across the floor moaning that both his legs were broken everytime he was told to clean his room.

Hope Monster Man enjoyed the rest of those carrots!

Kim @ TheBitterBall

Amber said...

I dunno. I think I would've lost it, too!

SusieJ said...

Ah yes, I always forget this rule.

Be Inspired Always said...

Sounds like my boys when they were younger. Very picky eaters. The thing I regret is telling the story of when their Dad was young his uncle made him try spinach and a huge family dinner. Well it didn't turn out to well, he threw up all over the table. So now my kids use that story against me every time I make them try something new...

They look at me with those sad eyes and say.. "Mom you don't want me to end up embarrassed plus sick like Dad was when his uncle made him eat something he KNEW he didn't like." "DO you?"

Even kids can use the quilt trick UGH!


Jillian