Sometimes you have to step outside yourself to find humor in a frustrating situation. A lot of frustrating situations arise while raising children, and with that comes our response as parents. It’s funny to me to mentally rewind and assess what I’ve just said out loud and bask in the ridiculousness of it. I find that my best quotes are responses to questions or actions executed by my kids. Here are a few of my favorite from the last year:

“No, you cannot wear a knitted poncho over your raincoat because it doesn’t make sense!”

“Dresden, please don’t put your mouth up against the sliding glass door like an animal.”

“Absolutely NO harmonica playing in the living room, dining room or kitchen. Ever.”

“Eat your lunch and I’ll give you some pants.”

Saying things like this out loud can make you sound like a madwoman (and sometimes make you feel like one) but the truth is you are not alone. I remember one summer my mother recording my sisters and I saying hi to my grandparents in California on her video camera so she could mail it and they would have this “adorable” moment of us forever. I was about 6 and my sisters were probably 5 and 3. I don’t know why, but I kept insisting that my grandparents hear what I got for Christmas (remember, this was summertime) and after the fourth or fifth time, my mom finally lost it and shrieked (camera still rolling), “Kathryn, nobody cares what you got for Christmas!” My sisters and I still share the video and love to bring it up to my mom whenever we get the opportunity. I would love to hear your quotes, moms!

katbonnysistersSarah, Emily and Kathryn Franklin, 1991