Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How many?

How many times while out and about with the kids can I feign excitement before I start to actually be thrilled to see... oooh! A corvette! or... Wow! A flagpole! or... Did you see that duck? Awesome.

How many times does a person have to say "be careful" before a kid really is and chooses not to leap from the top stair because mommy actually knows what she is talking about?

How many toys have to break before a kid stops doing whatever it is that is breaking them?

How many times can one see Wonder Pets before they spontaneously break out into the theme song during adult conversations?

How many times do I have to convince my kids there is no boogieman before I start to believe there just might be one?

How many times do I have to say "If you keep doing that, it might break" before mommy is proven right and it thankfully does fall apart?

How many "no no, kitty doesn't like that's" does it take to learn that cats don't appreciate the finer points of fashion?

How many processed chicken nuggets can a kid consume before they are grossed out by what they really are?

How many times can a person watch Dora the Explorer before they start to shout everything three times like Dora does?

How many times does mommy have to say "yes, what is it?" before the kids stop saying mommy mommy mommy and start to ask a real question?

and finally...How many times can I put myself in time out before it's considered neglect?

Anyone else have any How Many's?


  1. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?

  2. I just had this talk with Ali this morning. "If you have a question, you don't have to wait for Mommy to say what." Just get to the question already! Love all of your other "how many's"! As moms, I think we can all relate to every single one of them! Happy Thanksgiving!

    PS - To the above commenter, it takes 1,517 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop. See my blog for confirmation. :)

  3. However many it takes to keep your sanity!Problem with parents trying to take time outs is that the kids still follow you!