Monday, August 10, 2009

Parenting with Humor Redux

So, next time you and your spouse are enjoying a few stolen moments of Private Conversation, like maybe while preparing dinner or hurtling down the highway, and your kids decide to help themselves to the conversation? Along the lines of, "What are you guys talking about?"

[Why can they hear the murmured word, "surprise" or "ice cream" but not "please find your shoes and get into the car immediately?" Just wondering.]

Here's what to tell them:


For added color: "With catapults and Jell-O!" or "With chocolate-covered Smart Bombs!"

It's about fifty times more pleasant than a lecture on not butting into personal conversations.

But amazingly, just as effective. Maybe more.

Oh, and just as with all parenting techniques, consistency is key. EVERY PRIVATE PARENTAL CONVERSATION concerns the plan to take over the world. It's a plan that obviously requires great mental energy and tactical strategizing, none of it interesting to the short foot soldiers in your midst. Go for it!


Eclectic Mama said...

Oh, but I beg to differ! Mine would jump right in, strategizing and planning if they thought we were planning to Take Over the World. No, instead when they ask the dreaded, "What're y'all talking about?" we simply say, "School." They vaporize as if they were never there.

Tamara said...

I love it, Hannah! As soon as mine is/are old enough to intrude in conversations, I'm using it :)

Stephanie said...

What a relief. I thought my child was the only one who inserted himself into conversations that do not concern him.