Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Not without precedent

Rearing children: It's like living with tiny Supreme Court justices.

"But yesterday you said ... "
"But Daddy let me ... "
"But my sister/brother/cousin/friend got to ... "
"But another day we didn't have to ... "

My god. If it's not enough that you have to anticipate every possible consequence of every single action, you must also be aware that if you allow it once, you are doomed to have to agree to it over and over again for as long as you live.

Consistency: It's the hobgoblin of little minds. And parents.


This here is my 400th post, says Blogger. How on earth did that happen? Thanks for reading and commenting and just generally being fabulous in so many ways.


I didn't eat any bugs (on purpose, but thanks to all of you for the lovely images you suggested, Heather). I tried the dryer sheet thing. No effect whatsoever.


Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Oh, this is so true. One time while walking home from school with my son, I stopped at the convenience store for Gatorade. I was thirsty, right? But now! I have to listen to the begging every time we walk home!

Lara said...

hey, i just passed 400 posts myself! congrats. :)

kirida said...

Yay for 400 posts!

Heather said...

Happy 400th.

Hey, I'm just trying to be helpful. ;)

Heidi said...

I totally agree. There are those times when I really, really want to give in, but my daughter has a mind like a steel trap & will not forget anything. I think she sucked my memory right out of me when she was in the womb because my mind is just shot.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh my got truer words have never been spoken.

Congrats on 400 posts!

Karianna said...

Dryer sheets are good for keeping away bees during picnics. So far that has been the only use (other than the obvious) that has worked for me.

jen said...

ah yes.

and 400 more.

mothergoosemouse said...

I'm starting to forgive my own parents for their lack of consistency.

movin'mom said...

OMG! I am sorry I didn't read this before I commented.
I swear!!!

That consistency thing doesn't end with young ones.
Alex is grounded right now but on teh first day I let him play guitar with a friend after school. NOW...every single day he keeps asking Can I...... please.......but you let me go to Johnny's........WHy......IT's not fair!!!!!!!

Nico responds with........"Your biggest mistake was letting him go to Johnny's."

Thanks Nico....for your parenting input!!!!! :/

Lady M said...

Congrats on 400!

It's been great being bloggy friends. :)