Today’s ridiculous, ineffective and only partially true edict?
There is NO furniture rearranging during dinner!!!
Yup, ridiculous, ineffective and untrue, obviously someone had been rearranging furniture.
Yet, these are the kinds of crazy things that come out of my mouth when the six year old shoves the seven foot long bench at the table down so that the four year old can’t reach her plate. But why, you ask, can’t the four year old reach her plate? Well, that’s because the bench was moved and so her plate was now nine inches to her right. This was an issue because, for the first time in her short life, instead of standing or bouncing or wandering while eating her dinner, she decided to glue her butt to the bench as she’s been repeatedly told. Also, apparently, she has alligator arms that are too short to reach nine inches and move her plate in front of her and her older sister knew it so that’s why she was smirking sitting on the end of the bench with no table in front of her. So I, from the kitchen, hands covered in dough yelled about furniture rearranging and was met with blank stares – deservedly.
Then I threatened to cancel dessert.
The bench slid back into place and dinner resumed.
There may be people who can parent without the occasionally ridiculous decree- but I’m not one of them. And, you know, by this point, if things like this didn’t occasionally fly out of my mouth I’d probably wonder if I was still a parent.