The Facts — Good Ones, Bad Ones, and Pretty-Close-to-Terrible Ones

  • Getting hit full-force by his big brother a few times really helps an impulsive child control his own hitting a little better.
  • An impulsive child sometimes completely lacks judgement.  An impulsive child sometimes disobeys even the cardinal, hardest-driven, most-recited rules.  An impulsive child will sometimes totally disregard his boundaries while he is riding his bike with friends.  An impulsive child will even sometimes go down to the FORBIDDEN lake all alone and fall into the water.  Sometimes an impulsive child will ignore his bike boundaries and run off to the lake all in the same afternoon.
  • A mom oftentimes praises and thanks God for protecting her children who completely lack judgement.
  • A mom sometimes falls completely apart at the frightening revelation that her child just put himself in terrible danger.  She sometimes even falls to the floor and bawls her eyes out in front of all of her children while her mind is filled with yucky, tragic headlines and possibilities.
  • An impulsive child sometimes gets grounded for YEARS at a time.
  • March Madness can be all-entrancing to a 10-year-old boy.
  • Young boys have lots of room in their brains for memorizing basketball facts and statistics, and those facts sometimes come streaming out of their young mouths at rapid speeds and high volumes.
  • Desitin contains a fair amount of cod liver oil.  It delivers a slightly rank odor when applied to carpet, skin, hair, and walls.
  • When water and various cleaning chemicals are mixed with cod liver oil, it magnifies the fishy smell exponentially.
  • Cod liver oil remains the pervading aroma in Chloe’s bedroom.
  • Thankfully Chloe was easier to clean than the carpet so her cod liver oil scent is not so prevalent.
  • An impulsive child left alone with his morning medicine will sometimes open the capsules and dump the tiny little balls in the floor of the pantry instead of swallowing them as he was instructed.
  • An impulsive child who has made a bad choice with his morning medicine will sometimes lie to cover up the dirty truth.  But when asked for more details will finally act disgusted with his mother and say, “Fine!”  and then spill the dirty truth.
  • Moms sometimes get very angry with their children.
  • Sometimes a 44 ounce Sonic Dr. Pepper can make a mom’s troubles seem smaller.
  • Homework makes a mom want to cry and cuss.
  • Moms sometimes longingly and impatiently count down the days ’til summer break.
  • Boys can sometimes shoot hoops in the driveway for hours at a time.
  • Girls can sometimes listen to music in their room for hours at a time.
  • Three doctor appointments in one day is two too many.
  • Boys will do nearly anything for food.
  • Having a not-so-coordinated 8-year-old boy feed his 8-year-old sister in the van is not always the best of ideas.
  • Life is filled with laughter and surprises.
  • It is necessary to laugh so one doesn’t cry.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sara W. on April 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Hmmm. I saw Z down at the lake all by himself a few weeks ago when the kids and I were feeding ducks. I wondered if that was allowed and meant to double check with you. He told me that day that he sure wished our lake allowed swimming! I also meant to mention that tempting bit of info as well but I forgot when we were talking. Glad everyone is safe!


    • Oh, sheesh! Thanks for the update. NEVER hesitate to let me know about something that you see. I think you know my feelings are NOT easily hurt nor am I easily offended. Hopefully being grounded for 2 years will help him remember that safety is a top priority.


  2. Posted by Paul on April 1, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    I love this post. You have a way of taking the frustrating and infuriating and helping us remember to find the humor and be thankful in all things.


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