Nobody’s perfect

We have all said that, right? And it is true. There is no one in this world who is perfect. There are those that are close (KoD for example) but no one is 100% perfection.

I had to take to task one of the young ‘uns for not pulling his weight in French class. He hates French. They all do. But I have told them they need to always do their best. The teacher had called me and I promised to have a word with the lad. He told me that he tries and she is too strict. Then he looks me square in the eye and says “nobody’s perfect, Ima, you say that all the time”.  I explained to him that that is no excuse not to try your hardest. You can’t just give up and stop putting effort in just because you won’t score 100%.

He wasn’t very happy with me and went to take a shower. He came back to me later and promised to try harder and told me he would “try” not to use that excuse again.

It’s amazing the words the kids hear and throw back at us at the most interesting times. My kids seem to be experts at this. I have to say, I tried very hard not to laugh. It was very cute.

What phrases that you use have your kids thrown back in your face?

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  1. I wish that was the kind of phrase my son and daughter threw back at me- no mine are definitely more expletive filled;) Aww he sounds like such a sweetheart- he is juggling three different languages-

  2. Noah Roth says:

    A former co-worker once told me that he scolded his young son for saying “hell,” a word he had picked up from an older sibling.

    He said, “We don’t use bad words. It doesn’t make you look smart or nice and it’s against our rules.”

    The child replied, “I understand, and I love you Dad, so I won’t say S- – - or F – - – anymore either.”

    Father had a hard time keeping a straight face. :)

    • HSaboMilner says:

      that’s too funny. My kids were once with a family member who was putting together a piece of Ikea furniture. I asked them what they learned. “New curse words Ima”

  3. mary says:

    we set about catching the horribly annoying fruit flies by filling small dishes with vinegar and putting saran wrap over the top and poking tiny holes in them… James came to me and say “mom! i’m deeply distressed!! why aren’t you using honey? this goes against everything you’ve ever taught us!! ‘you catch more flies with honey than vinegar’…”

  4. Raizy says:

    ‘Don’t put words in my mouth’
    When my son came back at me with that, I had no choice but to burst out laughing!
    At least we know they listen…

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