Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kids - more entertaining than TV

Little kids are so entertaining. Miriam and Becky have been saying the funniest things lately. These are all just from this week:


  • Miriam (5) to Becky (3): "You can't just go to mom and say, 'So-and-so did such-and-such.' She will just tell you she does not want to hear a tattle. But if you are slick about it, you can actually get someone in trouble." Yes, that is the goal - to get a sibling in trouble! Hahahahaha!!!!

  • Me (as we are pulling out of the driveway): "Becky, did you buckle up?" Becky: "Well, yeah, Mom, we are on the road, don't you know??"
  • Becky (3) also scolded me for throwing away a used tea bag: "You spent a fortune on that!"

  • Miriam and Becky also tore down a glass shower door by accident. Thankfully, there was no broken glass, and nobody got hurt. When I asked them what the big crash was about, Miriam just coolly responded, "I'll tell you about it later."

In addition to the entertainment value, having lots of kids also comes in handy for lazy people like myself, because they do all the work. No, really! Just ask Alice, who left this comment: 

''I can neglect the housework for one day, and them make them pitch in with cleaning up the aftermath.'' [quoting me from this post]

So basically what you're saying is that you're too lazy to bother doing anything, so you had kids in order to make them clean. Nice. 

Well, what can I say to that? My gig is up, the truth is out - all thanks to discerning readers like Alice. Moms of many like me live on easy street - we breed just to have more hands to help around the house. Never mind that those extra hands are responsible for the extra messes, never mind that hiring a full time, live-in housecleaner/maid/cook would be cheaper and easier than paying for the kids, never mind that said free indentured servants have to be taught and trained how to help with, more than hinder, the daily work, never mind that people everywhere are not having kids because it is so much work and costs a fortune. Never mind all that.

Oh, truly, it is glorious to sit back and eat bonbons on the sofa all day while keeping the kids working hard day in, day out.

Or maybe some people are just jealous because they themselves raised self-entitled, lazy, selfish whiners? No, couldn't be.

8 comments:

  1. Tut-tut-tut! Zsuzsa, I always KNEW you were up to something! Those poor children...

    ...I cannot believe someone actually left you that comment! When you wrote that post, I - like most other rational people, realised that you were being slightly tongue-in-cheek; though I had no doubts that the other kids would pitch in and help.

    Alice ~ Seriously?

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  2. I. Love. You.
    You are hilarious, and you should post every day.

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  3. Your children are absolutely adorable! My mom wasn't able to have children of her own, so she and my dad adopted my brother and me. Looking back now, I see how hard she worked at home taking care of our family, and I am thankful that she did choose to stay home and raise us. May God bless y'all!

    Sara

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  4. Why did my husband and I have our boys do so much around our home? Because we wanted to teach them how to take care of things, take care of animals, houseclean, cook, do their laundry, and be able to take care of themselves when they were on their own! To add to that we also wanted them to know what responsibility was. It worked! Imagine that!

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  5. Sounds like little Becky is full of beans as my mom used to say. Kid's are so cute. I can't believe people think that you had chidren so you wouldn't have to clean your house! The more bodies in a house the more mess that can be made really. You are doing a great job and I enjoyed today's glimpse into your family. Clare

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  6. Ahh, Zsuzsanna, your big mistake is not waiting on your children hand and foot so they can grow up into wonderful, responsible adults that will be able to take care of themselves and be every spouse's dream.

    I am making the same mistake with my 6. My 2 sons made breakfast pancakes yesterday *GASP*. Quick, someone call Social Services.

    in His Peace,
    Miriam

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  7. As Art Linkletter used to say, kids say the darndest things. I was with my granddaughters this weekend, they are 17 months and 8 y.o. They are very entertaining.

    The 8 y.o. helped her Mom make the food for her First Communion party. The toddler already seems OCD. Every time she finds the tiniest scrap of anything on the floor she picks it up and puts it in the garbage. She gets a damp rag to wipe the floor if she accidently gets a drop of milk on the floor. She loves to do these things. Kids, by nature, like to help.

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  8. There's nothing wrong with teaching your children to be responsible, involved members of a household pitching in to do their share and keeping the place clean and tidy as a family. It's not about being lazy or wanting to avoid the housework yourself, it's about raising independent, responsible children who will be able to maintain their own house as an adult one day.

    However, not doing housework for a day and expecting that your older children will come home and help tidy up the aftermath? A low blow and disrespectful to your older children. How is that fair? A day out of the house and time with dad, only to come home and clean up mess other people made. What sort of a message does that send? How would you feel if you had taken the girls out for the day and come home to an unclean house?

    Yes, I agree teaching children to pitch in is fair and reasonable, and an essential part of childhood, and sometimes for one reason or another you have to help tidy a mess someone else made, but ultimately YOU took on the role of mother and housekeeper, you have duties and responsibilities too, it is not up to your children to take on that role because you couldn't be bothered for a day.

    As much as children need to learn their role in a functional family, they also need to know that their mother's role is hard working, responsible and doesn't just leave it for someone else to tidy up.

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