Parenting: Since When Has “No” Become A Bad Word

A Quick Thought On The Run…

While getting coffee this morning, a young sweet girl asked if my kids ever want to drink my coffee. I laughed and told her, “all the time!” She then asked me if my girls drink coffee, in which I told her they do not drink it. She looked at me, then asked what I tell my kids so they don’t drink coffee. I honestly told her, “I tell them “no.”

The girl looked stunned.

The girl looks to be in her early 20’s and says she has kiddos too. She told me she has been wondering what she can give her kiddos to make them think it’s coffee, because they always want her coffee.

Apparently, the younger generation doesn’t believe in the word “no.” So, I advised that she try chocolate milk in a coffee mug. 💡 A disappointed light bulb flickered on.

Last I checked, it is still okay to tell your kids “no.” They aren’t going to like it, but that’s all part of parenting.

Hopefully, chocolate milk will work for her. I told her about how my kids always want my soda and that I learned to drink soda from a coffee mug, tricking them into thinking I’m drinking coffee and not want any. A mama has to do what a mama has to do to protect their caffeine, but I’m not afraid to say “no” either.

Happy November: Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Retail stores across the nation have been slowly and quietly setting up their Christmas displays since the end of September; as if we didn’t notice.  In every store, there is that one eager overly Christmas-spirited employee who has been patiently waiting for this very day, the 1st of November.  Today, is their day to shine!  Each of them proudly clocking in a few extra minutes early wearing their red fluffy Santa hats ready to engage into the holiday spirit.  Less than a minute before the retail store opens for business, they CRANK up the seasonal Christmas music marking the first day of the holiday season!

Back in my day, not too, too, long ago, the holiday music use to begin on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  Today, it officially begins on November 1st.  I am part of the 1% who feels this is just a tad bit ridiculous.  I love Christmas, but now that I have kids, November and December are parent-hell.

It is extremely difficult to take my kids anywhere during November and December, because toys are EVERYWHERE!

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to the grocery store.  I only needed two items: tin foil and a red bell pepper for dinner.  We came home with tin foil, a red bell pepper, and a $10 fluffy, sparkly, stuffed rainbow unicorn!  

The grocery store put a giant bin of rainbow colored stuffed animals at the front door!  You literally could not avoid it.  Of course, I could have told my screaming over dramatic child, “NO,” but even I could not resist wanting one.  Seriously, they had a rainbow colored llama!  How cool is that! 

I can feel it now, my wallet drying up before I even begin Christmas shopping.

Anyways, here is wishing everyone a great start to a  Happy Holiday Season!!