Sunday, January 27, 2008

Letting Them "Work it Out"

Even when the kiddos are two floors away from me, locked in their rooms, they still have an uncanny way of getting my attention.

No matter how many times I yell, "I'm downstairs, if you want to talk to me you can come down here to do it," their shouts still have a way of finding themselves out of their mouths and through the atmosphere to where I am.

In other words, they keep shouting for me no matter what I do or how many toys I take away when they do so.

It's never ending.

So the other day, when my husband just happened to be home, therefore one more adult to aid in the response to their shouts, I tried to ignore them.

"Mom, he licked me!" was heard a few times, and also, "Get OFF of me."

I heard every mother's favorite phrase, "Get out of my room," more times than necessary because obviously the perpetrator wasn't leaving said room, thus causing even MORE yelling and screaming.

But I just continued doing whatever mundane task (laundry, because it's my life) I was doing and figured that if it got bad enough, their FATHER could deal with it. After all, he was upstairs in the general vicinity of them.

We all know how this goes.

The fighting, yelling and screaming escalates to a point where I can no longer take it, so up the stairs I go. I probably had my hands on my hips too!

After solving their dispute, I notice my dear husband lying on our bed flipping through the cable channels on the tv.

"Oh, are you just going to sit there like nothing is going on?" I asked him.

Do you want to know what he said?

"I was just letting them work it out."

It was mere moments before he started cracking up laughing and ducking from the pillow that I was hurling at his head.

Men. Humph!

DISCLAIMER: No men were actually harmed in the making of this post.


flutter said...


Secretly I love em.

Family Adventure said...

LOL - I dunno about the disclaimer, though. I think a little hurt might have helped next time!

Heidi :)

Beth said...

My kids do the same yelling thing. I can not get them to just walk up the stairs before they tell me the problem.

And as for my husband...he can completely ignore any shouts, screams, issues or problems. Must be a man thing!

OHmommy said...

The sounds like a scene from my house!

When the kids scream from above... I ignore them. However, that doesn;t work. They scream louder!!! Ahhh... my hands are on my hips too.

Kyla said...

LOL. Clearly "Letting them work it out" is code for "finding something good on TV".

Kellan said...

I think these men - with their abilities to ignore all the noise and chaos - are really "smarter" than we are! One day we are going to find out that they were right in the way they handle things and all the stuff we've been doing all this time - was COMPLETELY wrong. My husband does the very same thing!! Cute post - have a good day Carrie - see you later. Kellan

Becky said...

all that's code for is "im too lazy to get up and say anything...besides i'm watching tv" lol

Pennies In My Pocket said...

Oh that was too funny ... Man, I owe my mom and dad some serious apologies. That was the story of my childhood with my brother!

Hmmmm should my baby stay an only child? lol


Mrs. Chicken said...

"stop licking me!"


Tracey said...

Wow. You LAUGHED at him? You are a better woman than I...

Next time, maybe a little pain would help?

Cathy said...

Amazing, isn't it -- how they can always outwait us?


Alexandra's World said...

Haha! That's a man's answer for everything!

painted maypole said...

sounds very familiar. my daughter can be IN the kitchen with her daddy and holler for me to come get her a snack.