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Top 10 Reasons My Kids Can’t Help In The Garden

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Can’t Help In The Garden

by Gina Valley

I bought a couple flats of flowers this weekend.

My parents are coming to visit next week, and I want our yard to look less like the local plant graveyard while they’re here. Assuming we get all the flowers planted, surely even I, with my two black thumbs, can keep them alive for the week of my parents visit.

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 Top 10 Reasons My Kids Can’t Help In The Garden GardeningThe Professor reminded me that I’ve killed artificial flowers in less time. I reminded him that I can start cooking vegan-only again anytime. He, then, told me that I’m smart and I’m pretty.

He really hated my vegan era.

Due to our long standing agreement to never work on the same DIY project at the same time together (one can only imagine how many murders and trips to the divorce attorney this policy has prevented in our home), The Professor was off the hook as far as helping plant the flowers.

He muttered something about needing to grade midterms and taking his car to the mechanic because it’s making a new, weird sound, just to be sure he was able to dodge the draft he knew was coming.

I didn’t really want him to help plant the flowers anyway. He always ends up dissecting the plants to show our kids the different parts. The plants do not like to be dissected and make that clear by, not only dying, but encouraging their friends to do the same.

The last thing I need is more help killing plants.

The other members of my pack, however, were all eligible to be called into service. Somehow, though, the little draft dodgers did not agree, and came up with a myriad of excuses.

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Can’t Help In The Garden

#10.  “I’m watching a live feed of a giraffe giving birth” (he was, and, ewww!).

#9.  “I just put a new stick of gum into my mouth.”

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#7.  “When I wear shoes my feet can’t breathe.”

#6.  “I’m allergic to dirt” (this from the teenager whose dresser is covered in a layer of dust thick enough to plant vegetables in).

#5.  “That bug is looking at me” (yes, the bug was looking at him).

#4.  “I’m thinking about doing my homework.”

#3.  “The dog is asleep on my foot.”

#2.  “I have to watch this program so we can erase it from the DVR.”

#1.  “There’s no Wi-Fi out there.”

They did all end up rushing out to help me plant the flowers after all, though.

It was just after I announced that the last one ready to help had to clean all the toilets.

Not my first time at this rodeo.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Any eager helpers in your house? Does your family find chore time is a great time to practice Hide-and-Seek? Shoot me a comment. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission.

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4 Responses
  • Crystal
    April 21, 2015

    My little kids LOVE to help plant flowers, so I was expecting an article on the 10 reason you don’t allow them to ‘help’! That is what mine would be! My older ones are getting to the stage of giving those excuses though.

    • gina valley
      April 22, 2015

      Mine used to love to help plant, too, Crystal. Unfortunately, that was when they were a bit too young and too rough on the plants, and their efforts, though noble, were fruitless, pun intended. Now that they have gotten a bit older and can successfully transplant things, they are about 50/50 on wanting to help on any given day. The more I’m planning on them helping, the less likely they are going to be inspired to do so. At least they make me giggle either way. ;o)

  • L. Moon
    April 22, 2015

    Don’t tell them playing in the dirt is healthy- you’ll never get them out to help.
    I didn’t think it could get worse than High School. Ha the college student:
    “Im busier than you” “I have a backlog of work” “I’m working now” “You don’t know what it’s like to carry a full load” (the rational comes out rapid fire while watching an episode (or 10) of “Friends”)
    #paretntingwassoeasywhentheywerelittle

    • gina valley
      April 22, 2015

      I totally agree! I remember being so overwhelmed when mine were toddlers, thinking it would get so much easier when they got older. Well, I was way off! Just as busy now, but with more complex issues. They are still fun to hang out with, and occasionally helpful, but it is far from simple! ;o)