As adorable and fun as our kids can occasionally be, they can also be equally annoying and nagging (sometimes on purpose). That’s why every now and then my wife and I like to reciprocate. We like to piss the little dude off. We know exactly what to do to leave his chubby checks flushed with fury as we laugh our fool heads off. It’s our way of bringing balance to our little universe. I don’t know if it’s healthy, but it certainly is fun! Here’s some of the stuff that drives the little man nuts…
Mommy and Daddy Kissing – Every now and then when I feel the boy needs some excitement I announce, just loud enough for the boy to hear, that I’m going to give mommy a kiss. It’s a declaration that pushes Dev’s Oedipal buttons every time. After making it you never know exactly what you’re going to get. He’s been known to say “stop all that kissing!” “No kissing!” “I’m getting out of here!” or simply “Noooooooooo!” while trying to separate us.
Anchovies on Pizza -For whatever reason the mere thought of little salty fish on a perfectly good slice of pizza repulses my boy (so does every other topping, but to him there is a special place in hell for anchovies). Knowing this, whenever we all go to the pizza shop I ask him “would you like anchovies on your slice?” His response hovers in the realm of hysteria as he announces to the world his loathing of the evilest of toppings. He then asks for “just a plain cheese slice.” To this I say “Ok, one anchovie slice coming right up!”
Dancing and Singing – Over time the Dev has decided that he is the only person in our family who is allowed to sing or dance to Alicia Keys. He has made it clear that she belongs to him (I think it’s part of his only child syndrome). So if we sing one of her songs, especially the “uh uh uh uh ohs” from her hit No One, or do the robot, he’ll insist we desist. He’ll tell us “you can’t sing my favorite part, you’re doing it all wrong!” or “no Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing to Alicia Keys!” (the latter statement is usually for me) Then he’ll sing it while doing his version of a contemporary dance. It’s all very weird and funny.
Lastly, if you say liberry instead of library within earshot of my tiny perfectionist, prepare to be enthusiastically and grumpily corrected by a four year old (I taught him that one).
LOL! I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who gets a measure of joy by torturing my offspring. Lovegirl, much like Dev gets infuriated if I sing while any of “her” songs are on. She is also highly irritated by the phrase “that’s my girl.”
And good for Dev and his refusal to accept all things “liberry!” I’m continually asking Lovegirl on what type of bush does a liberry grow? I’m afraid my subtle sarcasm is completely wasted on one so young.
Have a good weekend!
I like to push Clare’s buttons sometimes too. I figure kids need to learn a little frustration and that they don’t get to call the shots on everything.
That is SOOOO funny. I don’t know why kids hate for their mom and dad to kiss. My little one acts like he’s the only one that can kiss me, it’s so funny.
We used to tease my daughter and say we found her on the doorstep and I wasn’t really her mom. It used to be so funny until she started crying one day. Lol. Now we tease her about her crying about it and she gets mad. LOL Kids are funny.
That’s very cute, but wait until your kid turns 12 and everything you do , intentional or not seems to annoy him.
purely cutely E-vil. thanks for sharing
I would do that if my wife would kiss me.
I have read a couple of your blogs. I am absolutely ecstatic about what you are doing. I don’t have children yet and pray one day that I do, but the interaction between a child and their father has always been intriguing to me. Perhaps because I was a daddy’s girl myself:) Keep up the good work and continue to be an example of what a father should be.
Man oh man, that was great
And here I thought my wife and I were the only ones who pissed off our kid on purpose.
I agree about the balance– sometimes the kid needs to know what it feels like. I think he gets the message.
And for those who think this sounds mean, child-rearing-scientists say it is beneficial for parents to play dumb sometimes, to inflate the kid’s ego and to enhance their logical reasoning abilities and memories (i.e. No, I said NO anchovies on the pizza… I KNOW I did!!)
But mostly, it’s just a great stress reliever for parents, which is by itself healthy for kids.