Monday, January 14, 2008

Mommy laughs

How wrong it is, really, to laugh at your kids? A. Really wrong? B. A little bit wrong? C. Or not at all wrong?

I'm going with C for the time being. It builds character, yes?

Unruly had an early morning appointment with the dentist to get a couple of cavities drilled and filled. She did wonderfully, didn't cry, complain or whine. But she came out of that chair looking like a stroke victim, poor thing. The whole left side of her face was droopy and drooly. And when she smiled? O.M.G.! Only the right side smiled, the left side just kind of hung there. I was waiting for the tongue to loll on out of there too, like a bit floppy hound dog.

And I couldn't help it. I laughed. And I laughed. And I laughed. She was a bit mad at me at first then she joined in and started trying to make weird faces so I'd laugh at her some more. I laughed harder because it was just so SILLY.

I'm such a bad mom. Not only did I laugh at her, but I let her skip the rest of the day of school. Because while I'm allowed to laugh at her, it's not quite as funny when the other kids are laughing, ya know?

So we spent the day riding, making cookies and watching the latest "Shrek" flick. It was a good day. We had fun, and some much needed mommy-daughter only time. That doesn't happen often enough when our weekends are filled with house chores and shopping and work around the property.

It was a good day.


Jeff said...

Yea, C is the answer most definately. If not I'm in some serious trouble with the parenting police

Sona said...


Until she stomps off mad at you and slams her door.

Oh wait - that's my daughter. Never mind!

MP said... are an AWESOME mom... I wanna spend the day with you!!!

And I agree..for the most part the answer is C.. and if you are laughing at your child you can be sure that her classmates will too... I like your thinking!

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Oh, this is bringing back flash backs.

I came down with Bells Palsy when I was about 24. My right side of my face was paralyzed. Scared the crap out of me b/c it can become permanent. My co workers made fun of me and would do things to try to get me to smile b/c only half of my face worked.


But a numbing shot is a bit different...definitely not a chance of permanent nerve damage.

Lisa said...

Hope the answer is C.

For the record, I would have laughed my ass off at my child too.

Sounds like you guys had a fun, fun day! Very cool.

Anonymous said...

In your case, definitely C, since Unruly doesn't mind laughing at herself.

And when you go to the dentist, she can laugh at you! :-)

The mommy-daughter day sounds absolutely is your blog! (P.S.: I love your motto!)

Bananas said...

Absolutely C. The question is, would you still be a good mom if you'd taken a picture and posted it on your blog for the rest of us to laugh at? Deep thoughts.

Dapoppins said...

Hey, they are cute when their faces are droopy!

Dapoppins said...


Your not a bad mom. I often force my kids to stay home with me from school, cause they are gone so much!

Dorky Dad said...

Oh, if I can't laugh at my kid then I'm in big, big trouble. I already spend half my waking life laughing at him.

goat roper said...

So grand to share laughter. I can just picture that sweet pea doing her best to crack you up. Sounds like you turned a trip to the dentist into a day to cherish.

Ninja Of The Mundane said...

Have some more days like that ... by quitting your damn job!