With this blog post I'm getting a little jump on Mother's Day coming up at the end of next week here in the USA. Quite a while back I received a list of things that you'd never hear a mom say to her children. It had such potential that I put the sharp wits of the Loach family to work on giving me a few more of their own. We had a lot of fun with this, and I'm sure that once you get to reading them, you too will come up with some of your own.
Things you'll probably never hear a mom say...
"Don't bother putting those toys away. You'll want to play with them again tomorrow."
"If you're good, for your birthday I'll buy you a motorcycle!"
"How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?"
"Let me smell that shirt.... Aw, it's good for another week."
"Why don't you try wearing your hair down in your eyes?"
"I don't mind your running in and out, but please remember to slam the door each time."
"Yeah, I used to skip school too."
"Please put on a little more makeup."
"Oh good! Another stray animal. Of course, you may keep it."
"Would you please turn that up louder?"
"You're going to bed already? It's way too early."
"Don't bother to clean your room. You cleaned it just last week!"
"Where are you going dressed so appropriately?"
"Go back in there and fight with your sister right now!"
"Practice, practice, practice! All you ever do is practice the piano!"
"Why don't you and your friends play baseball in our living room today?"
"Stay in bed a little longer. You'll make it to school on time."
"Don't eat those vegetables! Have this candy instead."
"Stop closing that door! I'm trying to attract flies into the kitchen!"
"You're doing homework again? You study too much."
"Get back out there and play in the middle of the street."
"Don't bother with those dishes. I'll take care of them later."
"Run and bring me the scissors! Hurry!"
"Well, if Timmy's mom says it's okay, that's good enough for me."
"I don't have a Kleenex with me. Just use your sleeve."
We're in the throes of final exams here, with university graduation this Saturday. It's an exciting and sad time of year for me. I always look forward to the change of activity, pace, and focus that the summer break brings, but it's also hard to say good-bye to yet another group of my students. It's hard to believe that this is the end of my 34th year of teaching. I can't imagine how many students I've taught and known through those years!
"Our children are the living messages we send into a time we shall not see." - Art Linkletter
The best way to keep your kids out of hot water is to put some dishes in it.
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