Happy Monday everyone!
I’m very excited today because I’m expanding my Mama Teach Us theme to encompass so much more than just posts about educational activities I do with my kids.
I have opened up Mama Teach Us Mondays to my readers and bloggy friends.
I want to know and read about what cool things you Moms do with your kids throughout the week. I want to know what fun field trips you take your children on, what fun baking adventures you try or what cool projects you attempt. You can even share parenting lessons you’ve learned from personal experience!
I think it’s fun when Moms share the kinds of things they do with their kids at home. Sharing ideas with other Moms is a great way to find new activities/things to do with your kids when you’ve exhausted your own box of ideas.
Sharing is caring, I always say!
So today, I’ve invited Kimberly from over at All Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something to share a story about her little man today. Kim has so happily agreed to share with us an adventure she took her son, Chunky Monkey, on just the other day.
I don’t know why I thought that this day would be any different. You know, to let your toddler WALK around the store unrestrained by 4 point harness in a stroller and a prayer.
But my Mom Pants felt strong and confident that day.
I decided to take the plunge.
Before we approached the doors I gave him the “Mom Riot Act”. I stared intently in his toddler eyes, just to make sure that it penetrated the depths of his soul so he understood that I meant business.
You have the right to remain silent. You must remain at Mom’s side for the entirety of this shopping experience. You will not touch anything. You have the right to ask for my iPod to keep you busy if you feel the urge to run. Please note that anything you say or do that is not in accordance with the Mom Riot Act will be punishable by a lengthy time-out.
“Yup” he said.
Would you trust this face for a second?
Well you shouldn’t
Because as soon as we walked in, he ran like he had cheetah feet into the nearest circular clothing rack.
“Momma! I hiding.”
“This isn’t a game. Get. Out. Of. There” I squeaked through my meanest whisper.
“Come find me Momma!”
My face started turning all shades of anger.
My Mom Pants got tighter and tighter as they inched up their way from my high-waist to tightly around my throat.
“Momma I stuck! I stuck!”
I saw the rack sway.
I saw the clothes being flung in panic off of the hangers.
Steam shot from my ears.
The kids running the store, and I say kids because they stood there in horror thinking about if they remembered to take their birth control.
“Reeeelax.” I said through teeth grinds.
I reached in and felt for his chubby arm and pulled him out.
Then I became that mom.
You know that mom.
The one who makes an even bigger scene than their child.
“WHAT. DID. I. TELL. YOU! YOU’RE. NOT. LISTENING!”
He waited until I took a life saving breath of air then said with a confident smart ass certainty,
“Momma, I listened.”
My eyes bulged from their sockets.
One of the kids came over to help me pick up the clothes and she looked at me with sweat accumulating on my upper lip and brow and said “It’s ok, I have a little brother.”
That is so not the same.
I grabbed my son by the hand and we started our walk of shame out of the store when he proclaimed to the store greeter…
…like the whip cream on top of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte…
“My butt is itchy.”
And that my friends is why I’m all for duct tape and restraints.
Don’t lie, you’ve all considered it!
What do you do when your child misbehaves in store? Do you leave? Do you reprimand them?
Now head on over to Kim’s place and check out her fabulous blog. After today, you’ll want to follow her everywhere!
If you would like to guest post on my blog for Mama Teach Us on Mondays let me know via email. Once you guest post for me, I will add your blog button to my “Buttons I Love” page.