It happens. Your kid gets in a snarky, whiny mood and you are stuck in the car listening to endless complaints and begging. For a brief moment you briefly recall why it is you had kids in the first place and in the next you try to figure out if you could, in fact, not get caught but dismiss both in the same moment. You love being a mother and murder is never the answer. Still the whining from the backseat continues.
Parenting 101 tells you not to give in once you’ve put your foot down and said no. Giving in is bad. But the kids haven’t read that book yet. That would yield them entirely too many trade secrets. So they keep asking, begging, whining, grating…
Be it sarcasm, a good sense of humor, impatience, or the occasional urge to embarass my kid, I occasionally say things out of the blue just to elicit a reaction. Normally it stops the begging as well. Win-Win! So here’s my top ten geeky ways to respond to my begging child.
10. Help me, Obi-Won Ka-Whiny. You’re my only hope.
9. Do you know what happened to the last child that begged me? He was kidnapped by the Borg.
8. Every time you beg, a programmer loses a line of code.
7. Cruciatus! Dang it, it worked on the cat! Practice makes perfect.