Friday, October 16, 2009

Can You Just Forget You Know That?

I know in my last post I talked about how wonderful it is to have more independent children, but there are some things I would rather they hadn’t learned:

  • Chicken nuggets at fast food places can come with sauces.
  • Fast food places also offer children’s meals and they come with toys.
  • We have unlimited text and, despite their lack of cell phone ownership, they can use mine.
  • IPhones have game apps.
  • I’m a sucker for math oriented games and books. When asked for, they’ll usually get them.
  • Our CD player has a repeat song feature.
  • Chances are high I won’t notice if they wear the same shirt twice. Definitely won’t notice underwear.
  • As long as they’re being quiet, they can stay up late. I won’t check until I’m going to bed.
  • I won’t wake up if someone sneaks into my bed.
  • When I'm in the middle of a book (or blog post) I'm not really paying close attention to what they're doing. 
  • Forgiveness is easier to obtain than permission (especially in the kitchen).
  • I can’t tell if they throw something in their packed school lunch away or eat it.
  • They can DVR shows. Press record twice and get the entire season.
  • The existence of the Disney Channel, Full House re-runs, and What Not to Wear.

Do you have knowledge you wish your kids would just forget?


  1. Um, yeah, pretty much everything you just said.

  2. The Community Center sells popcorn and candy.

    When mom is nursing the baby you can get away with almost anything.

    the location of mom's makeup case

    mom's computer password

  3. It's totally scary but I think we've encountered nearly all of those! Are we the same Mom?

  4. This is hilarious. My kids are still little, but unfortunately Grandmas have already introduced them to Happy Meals. Abe can already beg for one when we pass a McDonald's on the road.

  5. Maybe we should all try to market a selective amnesia product. I'll do the marketing, if someone wants to volunteer to discover the formula...

  6. dropping an anvil on their head works on the cartoons, but I am not sure it would work in real life. Wish my kids didn't know that Target sells hot dogs and popcorn cheap enough that I will almost always buy it.

  7. I'll have to experiment on with the anvil idea on Peter.

    And I didn't know about the Target food. But I'm already wishing I could forget it myself.

  8. How about when mom is on the phone she is so distracted we could blow up the basement and she wouldn't notice?

    As a side note, I ALWAYS notice people sneaking into my bed at night. I am a sleep nazi and protect my space religiously.

  9. Saying "I have to go potty!" can get you out of almost anything. (Although this is wearing off because I learned Addie can hold it pretty much forever.)

    If you play on the computer quietly, I will forget you are there and you can play for hours.

    Saying "I'm sorry Mommy" in your sweetest voice will get you out of almost any punishment.

  10. How about flashing a beautiful smile while dropping all your food off your tray? I could never get mad at that. No matter what type of food.

  11. You are spot on with the nuggets and sauce. Once I introduced ketchup with nuggets (in the car, no less) it's such a mess!

  12. DVR... grrr... kids....

    iPhone apps... grrrr.... kids....

  13. I wish my kids wouldn't ask Bampa first. No matter what it is, Bampa says yes, Mom feels to bad to go back on what Bampa says.

  14. lollipops at the bank

    potty training candy

    when their siblings are grounded (sometimes I let those who are grounded get away with a little and I don't need a reminder)

    yes, and all those you listed as well