At our house, if there are cakes or cookies around, this conversation is repeated constantly:
Kid: “Mom, can I have some cake (cookie, doughnut, ice cream, pudding….)?”
Me: “Have something nutritious first.”
This is my general policy on sweets, has been for a while, yet they ask over and over.
This morning Conner came in from a soccer clinic, tired and hungry. I was working on the computer in the kitchen.
Conner: “Mom, can I have a piece of cake?”
Me: “Have something nutritious first…”
He eats a sandwich then goes into the fridge and grabs strawberries.
Conner: “Have these been washed?”
Me: “I don’t know. If in doubt, wash them.”
He does, then looks in a drawer for the strawberry hulling tool. He doesn’t see it.
(Which, by the way, does not mean it is not in the drawer. It means he didn’t immediately see it and therefore stopped looking.)
Conner: “Are the dishes in the dishwasher clean?”
Me: “I don’t know, Conner. Why don’t you look….”
They are dirty. He sees the strawberry tool he is looking for and holds it up.
Conner: “Mom, what should I do?”
At this point, I am sick and tired of all of these questions that any bright 14 year old should be able to figure out without mom’s help…
Me:”Conner! Think about it! What would you do if I wasn’t here?”
Conner: (Not missing a beat) “I’d have just eaten cake.”
ugh. Does anyone else have this problem?
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