Thursday, March 13, 2008

A mother's work is never done.

Like any good mother, I am constantly trying to get my children to share. On any given day, I can be heard tossing around phrases like:

"Peter, you need to let Sarah play on the computer now. It's her turn."

"Please split that cookie with your brother, Sarah."

"Why don't you guys find a toy you both like and play together."

And I am met with success about 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time, my request that they share, ends in one or both of them crying, whining, or screaming. And on some days, all three. At the exact same time.

But since I am the Best Mom of the Universe, I take my duties seriously and will continue to try to teach them that sharing is important.

So imagine my, um, delight when I overheard Peter saying this from the backseat of the car yesterday:

"Sometimes I like to eat my fingernails. And one day, I'm going to grow one so long that I have enough to share with someone else!"

After I stopped gagging over the thought of my son eating his fingernails, I started to beam with pride. Hey, he wants to share something and I didn't even ask him to do it.

I guess the moral of the story is to keep trying to get your children to share and one day, the hard work will pay off and they will do it even when you aren't prodding them.

Now if I can just get him to stop eating his fingernails.

A mother's work is never done.
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31 comments:

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Hee hee... classic!

Jennifer said...

Oh that is fun-ney!
Smiles!

Tracy said...

Beth, you never fail to get me laughing this early in the morning!

Brittany said...

Wow. That is so funny.

My Goodness said...

So funny! :)

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

yuck about the fingernails! But it sounds like the lesson sunk in. I don't know that he'll find anyone to actually share that fingernail with him, but it's great he's offering!! lol!

Melissa said...

OMG, I think I vomited in my mouth a little! What a good sharer he is! ;)

The Other Huse said...

odd that he wants to eat the fingernails...I think it's a boy thing. It could be worse, he could have said "here, Sarah, I have enough snot for both of us, try some." You would have had to pull over, yak, then separate them!

tommie said...

That is hilarious!

Chelle' said...

Phenominal. I didn't even see that one coming.

Jennifer said...

HA!! That's hilarious. And disgusting. *grin*

Christina said...

That was funny especially the fingernail part. It reminds me of my kids. I think sharing is a hard thing to teach. I still struggle with it myself. I actually hide my Dove bars for when the kids are in bed and sometimes the older ones will ask for one I always give it to them but in the back of my mind I really don't want too. I want all the Dove bars especially when there are only a few left...and no I don't feel better for giving them one I just keep thinking of when I can get to Sam's and buy a box of new ones.

Annikke said...

That literally made me laugh out loud!

Not Your Regular Mini Van Mom said...

that story made me squirt coffee out my nose! LOLOL

Motherhood for Dummies said...

HA HA HA! Well at least you know something he is paying attention too :)

beth said...

I love the moments when you realize they really are paying attention and learning from you. Makes it all worthwhile. Hopefully he will learn some better ways to impress the ladies though.

Angie said...

This isn't working for me. SO GROSS! I have kids that keep booger vaults and this one still grosses me out. I HATE fingernails.

KEEP BELIEVING

Mari said...

Oh - that's a good one!

Steph said...

Funny! I wish I could figure out a way to get my kids to get along too! One day at a time Super Mom!
:)

Amy said...

Thank goodness you wrote this down!!! Fortunately, your teachings are sinking in!

Bonnie said...

At least it is the fingernails ! I'm trying to break and fingernail, toenail, and dolly finger biting habit ! Check it out ... Nail Biting Gone Wrong

Courtney said...

soooo funny!!!

and yet that last line is so true!

Cathy said...

LOL! Let me know if you figure out how to address the fingernail issue -- my daughter gnaws on hers.

OHmommy said...

AMEN!

Ann(ie) said...

HA!!!! nice. And he's clearly listening!

the dragonfly said...

Just so long as he doesn't want to share that fingernail with me! :)

Family Adventure said...

Priceless, Beth. Just brilliant :)

Heidi

Joanne said...

That is just a riot!

I am feeling that mom-pride now too.

Blessings, Joanne

elizabeth embracing life said...

cute and yuck!

Don Mills Diva said...

That as very funny. There are actually worse things he could want to share...

Queen of My Domain said...

That is to funny, at least he's willing to share.