Sunday, July 11, 2010

Paper Brain

My kids have lately become obsessed with the thought of cracking their heads open.

This probably has something to do with me and Scott yelling at them on a semi-daily basis the following:

"Stop jumping on the furniture!  You're gonna crack your head open!"

"Quit chasing each other!  One of you is gonna trip and crack your head open!"

"Watch where you're going!  If you're not careful you're gonna crack your head open!"

Sometimes Scott follows up with a "And I don't want to have to take you to the hospital and fill out paperwork!" I'm not sure why he does this - unless he's trying to impart a fear of administrative work on the kids at an early age or something, I don't know.    

But apparently it has made an impact.  Because tonight, Aidan almost fell off his chair at dinner time.  And Ashley said "Aidan, you're gonna crack your head open!"

Scott and I nodded in agreement.  Encouraged, Ashley continued:

"And you're gonna have to go to the hospital!"

Again, we nodded.

"And....they're gonna fill up your head with paperwork!!!"

Yikes.  Turns out we've been threatening them with a paper lobotomy.  No wonder they're jumping on the furniture less these days.   



Cheryl said...

OMG this is hysterical!

Ms. Understood said...

LOL!!!!! The dreaded paper lobotomy. Sounds like she already knows what is ahead of her in the work world. Kids are the best, LOL, and they say the funniest things.

Brooke G. said...

Oh dear - NOT PAPERWORK!!!!! That is so cute :D I love how kids interpret things.

Debbi said...

Too funny!

Kmama said...

That is hilarious!!

Brandy said...


Jen said...

I LOVE how literal kids take things.

Jen said...

Blogger ate my comment so here is my brilliantness again.

I LOVE how literal kids take things. Too funny.

liz said...

Ha, ha! I have to say that the threat of paperwork is not something that would have resonated with me as a child!

Anonymous said...

Hey, whatever works!

TV's Take said...

That is excellent! We all hate paperwork. Great story, thanks for sharing

MollyinMinn said...

Fill up your head with paperwork.

Sometimes I think that is what I do at work everyday ;)

Too cute.

RLooney said...

LOL So funny:)

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I think it's clear Ashley just understands on the truly deep level just what's happening in hospitals on the administrative level!

Anonymous said...

LOL! I need to go get a tissue to wipe the tears from my eyes first! That is so typical of something that will be said in our household! They just crack me up!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I kind of like filling out paperwork. Weird, I know.

And I'm still shocked that as a mother of four boys, I have never had to deal with heads cracked open, broken bones or stitches.

That's even more weird, I think.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Ooh! Whatever works, huh?! I'm gonna try that one!

I had a talk with my hubby several months ago, that I didn't want to be parents who threatened, "You're going to fall!" I HATED that as a kid. How do you know I'm going to fall, I wondered? Do you have ESP? Or are you wishing some kind of voodoo on me? (Wow, that sounds like I was a really demented kid, huh? Hope my girls are never that cynical...)

I'd rather say, "I'm afraid you'll fall," or "You might fall." It's hard in the heat of the moment, though!

And then I flash back to an episode of Jon & Kate from several years ago (why am I admitting in black and white that I watched that show???), where one of the kids was doing something dangerous, and Kate said, "If you do xxx, you will die." That just haunts me.

Yeah, in comparison, if a paper lobotamy will do the trick, go for it! HA!