It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Things Kids Say Thursday post. This is in part due to my children being less amusing than normal (or, perhaps, the stress of the holidays has made me less appreciative of their antics) and in part due to my tendency to be a bit inconsistent.
Moving right along…
A couple weeks ago, Little Man got in trouble. What a shock, huh? This probably takes away from the post a little, but I can’t remember for the life of me what he did. Blame Mom Brain, the holiday madness, or my meds. Or all of the above. Whatever it was had happened more than once that day, so I had threatened to take one of his video games and actually carried out on the threat.
“Bring me one of your games,” I told LM when he did whatever it was again. He huffed, but brought me one without much fuss and went to his room. I stashed the game in the back of my wardrobe where I hide everything else I take and went back to the kitchen. I didn’t think much of it after that.
A few days later we were all driving somewhere and Little Man said, “Mommy, I have something to tell you.” He sounded quite serious.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Well…you know how I got in trouble the other day and you told me to give you one of my Xbox games?”
“The one I gave you doesn’t even work. It’s all scratched up on the back and won’t play when I put it in the Xbox.”
Conniving little thing. I should have known something was up when he didn’t put up a big fuss over giving up a game. “Well. I appreciate your honesty,” I said, a bit taken aback.
“I feel really bad about it,” LM said. ” But I was really clever, wasn’t I?”
Sam started laugh-coughing (you know, that thing you do when something is funny, but you really shouldn’t be laughing, so you try to turn it into a cough). I just shook my head while silently agreeing that yes, he was really clever.
LM didn’t get further punished (as we are pushovers when it comes to stuff like this, a habit that will die soon, I’m sure), but did get a talking to. And Sam and I learned a valuable parenting lesson: never take a game from your kid as punishment without testing it first. Kids will always find the loophole.