I always hear Moms at preschool, Moms at school, Moms at the doctor’s office, Moms at the stores, Moms, Moms, Moms EVERYWHERE saying positive statements about their kids and I often wonder are they struck with the same twisted fate I am….do their positive statements come back to ‘bite them in the ass’ like mine always seem to do? Is this just another cruel joke played on us Moms or it is just another cruel joke played on me?
Now I certainly am not a person who brags. I am proud of my children but I do not brag…I just wasn’t raised to boast and draw attention to myself or the people around me in that type of fashion. I typically don’t comment on my children in reference to others children unless they ask. However, it seems like any time I am having a conversation when I can say something positive about one of my children…they always prove me wrong forcing me to shove my big foot in my mouth. These are a few of the incidences I am referring to:
Friend: “My girls fight like cats, they hit and punch – I don’t know what to do. Are your boys like that?”
Me: “Well, fortunately they don’t really fight. They don’t always get along, but I can’t really say that they get physical with each other.”
Scenario no more than 20 minutes later: My oldest son is shoving my younger one onto the bed yelling for him to give him his Bionicle — while the little one is ready to take a bite out of the older ones arm.
Friend 2: “I’m having such a tough time with putting the baby down at bedtime. She just screams and cries and I can’t leave the room until I rock her to sleep. Is your baby like that?”
Me: “Once in a while she’s tough, but generally speaking she’s a pretty good sleeper that can put herself to sleep.”
Scenario that evening and the next weeks following: Baby screaming constantly at bedtime. Can’t put her down awake and have to rock her to sleep and sneak out when she’s finally drifted off.
Friend 3: “My Tommy has been having tantrums where he’ll just scream to get what he wants and I am ready to scream myself. Did you ever have to deal with that kind of a tantrum?”
Me: “Well, my kids get mad, don’t get me wrong – but they really don’t have temper tantrums. They may not like something and they let me know but not by having a tantrum. They usually just say they don’t want to do something or they don’t like it.”
Scenario at preschool: My child didn’t get to finish an art project in the time allotted so he threw himself down on the floor and when the teacher told him to get up he said no.
I could keep going but I’m sure you get the point. Now, my question is why can’t I ever say anything positive about my children without them proving me wrong? It’s gotten to the point where I have to premise every positive thing I say with, “knock on wood.” And you know what…………I’m always knocking.