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A Failure To Communicate…Gina’s Favorites

A Failure To Communicate…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

For Throwback Day this week, laugh along with this Gina’s Favorites post

A Failure To Communicate

What we have is a failure to communicate.

When my son told me that his homework was done last night, I thought he meant that his homework was done. No no poo poo.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley A Failure To Communicate...Gina's Favorites“My homework is done” means “I forgot to bring home my book, so I can’t possibly do this homework” or “I have stopped doing my homework, because I don’t want to do anymore” or “I haven’t even started doing my homework” or “I want some candy” or countless other things.  But, and this is what is truly important to remember, “My homework is done” does not mean “My homework is done.”

“My homework is done” is not the only misleading phrase in the child/parent language lexicon.

“My room is clean” is another family communication train derailer.  Amateur parents think that “My room is clean” means “My room is clean.”  Not so, my friends.

“My room is clean” means “I have stopped cleaning my room” or “I never actually started cleaning my room” or “I found a cool dead bug in my room” or “I have rebuilt every one of my Lego vehicles. Twice.” or “I sprayed Febreze in my closet and you can’t really smell that ‘something died in here’ sneaker-smell as much now” or “I pushed everything from the floor of my room out into the hall” or “I haven’t even been in my room.”  But, “My room is clean” does not mean “My room is clean.”

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley A Failure To Communicate...Gina's FavoritesYou would think that something as simple as “I fed the dog” would mean just what it sounds like.  Not even close.

“I fed the dog” means “I have at some point in my life fed a dog, possibly even our dog, on some occasion, but probably not today” or “The dog ate 2 pairs of my socks and my report about the Mayans, so I think he’s all set food-wise for today” or “The dog food smells gross and I don’t want to touch it” or “I left the jar of peanut butter out, so the dog fed himself” or “Why do I always have to do everything?”.  But, “I fed the dog” does not mean “I fed the dog.”

When parents say “I’m ready for bed,” they’re ready for bed.  Not so with children.

“I’m ready for bed” means “I am ready to start asking questions about the JFK conspiracy, why the sky is blue, and where babies come from” or “I have not bathed, showered, brushed my teeth, put on pajamas, or used the loo, and, the second you tuck me into bed, I will insist on doing each of those things” or “I am not in my bed nor near my bed, and I have no intention of lying down in, much less remaining in my bed anytime soon” or “I’m hungry and thirsty.” But, “I’m ready for bed” does not mean “I’m ready for bed.”

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley A Failure To Communicate...Gina's FavoritesPerhaps my favorite misunderstood child utterance is “It’s mine.”   “It’s mine” might in fact mean “It’s mine,” but it rarely does.

Usually, “It’s mine” means “I want it” or “I took it” or “I like it” or “I found it” or “It’s yours, but I’m keeping it” or “It was in my closet” or “I shoplifted it while you were schmoozing with the butcher” or “I will not give it up without an explosion on par with a thermonuclear detonation.”

Unless a child says “It’s mine” about a mess.

Then, it really is his or hers.  But, it’s also a sign that you need to head to the pediatrician immediately, because no well-child admits a mess is theirs.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What phrases in your house need translating?  Do you have a failure to communicate?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.  You’re here already anyway, so, you might as well go for it.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission
5 Responses
  • Astra
    November 19, 2014

    Oh, how I have lived this post, Gina! Soooo funny – because it’s all of us mothers!
    How about, “Not me”. Not Me is responsible for everything[bad].

  • Susan Cooper
    November 19, 2014

    Wow, Gina, too funny! This sounds like it did growing up in our home waaaaaay back when. I guess kids never change. Cave mama’s were probably saying “Did you feed your snorkasaurus yet?” lol

  • Robin Bobo
    November 19, 2014

    “I did the dishes” = I shoved everything into the dishwasher without scraping/rinsing a single thing because you are forcing me into child slave labor and I have to get pack to snapchatting with my friends.

    “There’s nothing to eat” = even though the refrigerator is full, as are the cupboards, what I really want is for you to drive me to McDonald’s/Burger King/Taco Bell, and buy me food. Because my friends are there.

    “I WILL!!” = I’ll eventually get around to it, when I’ve finished texting/skyping my friends and talking about all the stuff we talked about all day at school already, and after you’ve told me 4 more times geeze mom I already told you I’ll do it.

  • Vanessa D.
    November 19, 2014

    In my house “it’s clean” always meant that all the clothing from the floor, under the bed and piled in the corner was heaping somewhere near the dirty clothes hamper.

  • Traci@tracesoffaith
    November 20, 2014

    As I was reading this, I thought, uh oh, my husband tells me these same things too. Well, except the homework part. Ha!