Posts Tagged ‘big families’

Monday Minute: Morning Manners

Sorry, my kids are not the only ones on Spring break (hence the Monday Minute on Tuesday). With no school this week, I thought the children and I could all sit down for a nice late (7:30am) breakfast together.


J = James, M = Margaret, A = Adam

(I walk into the room with two cups of juice)

Okay, I think that’s everything. 

M: May I please have more milk?

Only because you asked so nicely!

(I return with milk and paper towels)

M: Can I please have some cereal too, like James?

A: More cereal too please!

I love to hear all of these good manners!

(return with two bowls of cereal)

J: May I please have another waffle?

A: More waffles please!

M: can I have your toast?

(sighing) Guys, this is my last trip, anything else?

(making waffles)

J: (calling from dining room) May I have some more cereal?

M: Please!

J: Please!

(bring out box to table)

There, now everyone has as much cereal as they want.

M: (crying) my nail hurts! Look I have a boo-boo!

That’s a hangnail. Do you want a bandaid?

M: No I don’t want a hangnail!

J: May I please have more milk for my cereal?

Can you please go get it?

M: Can I have a bandaid?


M: Please!

(finally sitting, with A eating my soggy, leftover cereal and M crying over her hangnail)

James, where are you? the milk is in the fridge on the top shelf.

J: (calls from his room) I’m done, mom!

M: Adam pooped!

(Change A, come back to table – J is sitting back at the table)

J: Mom, are you going to eat that toast?

A: Waffles please!

J: Oh yeah, you forgot the waffles!


Ahhh, vacation.

Top Ten (or so): Things That Have Been Said When It’s Been “One Of Those Days”

I think these are probably better left unexplained. Despite what it looks like, it wasn’t a terrible night – just “one of those days.” From about 6:00pm on.

1. Me: Run out of this room right now and don’t stop until you get to time out. That is not fast enough!

2. M (my 3 yr old): I’m going to hit the ghost with this oven mitt. Come on! A (cackling madly): Spooky ghost!!!

3. M (Coming out of James’s room): I said sorry for hitting James. Do I have to go to time out?

4. A (my 16 month old): I put it in the garbage. Me: What in the garbage? A: I put it in the garbage. Me: What?! Show me!

5. M: I don’t want to put my baby in the garbage. Me: Well, that’s what happens when you’re too rough and her head falls off.

6. Me (to Adam, who has just rescued his apple. From the recycling bin): You bring that apple back here right now. Hey! Right now!

7. Me: You didn’t eat your soup. James: I’m done – I’m sooooo full. Me: There’s white rice in it. J: Oh, okay (resumes eating).

8. M: Am I so cute? Holding a wet pair of keys, a handful of wipes and two wet barbies. Wearing a baseball cap, a tutu, a backpack and “glass slippers.” With socks.

9. M (tearfully): Can we please go to the grocery store, mom, and buy a brand new baby Toby? Please, mom!

10. Me: Where did you find that banana? A: On the train table. Me: Fine.

11. M: You tickle me and I’ll watch, ok?

12. Me (to M): I’m going to count to 3 and you’re in time out – 2…… James: You forgot 1. Me: No I said “count 2-3.” James: Good one, Mom.