There are so many things adults do and say that children simply do not understand. I get it. I was in their shoes once. We all were. Kids will be kids, but the fact remains that an awful lot of what they do is incredibly irritating. And they won’t know why until they have kids of their own.
Here’s a little list of things parents say that I never understood until I became a Mom.
“Stay inside or stay outside!” This never made sense to me as a child. What difference did it make if I walked in and out of the house? Why did they care so much? But it’s annoying. So annoying! I can’t even pinpoint exactly why it’s annoying, but it is.
“Don’t slam the door!” This kind of goes along with “Stay inside or stay outside!” Slamming doors seems to be something children can’t live without, like breathing or eating. It’s as if they think the door isn’t really closed unless it’s been slammed shut. And to an adult, slamming a door is one of the most aggravating things a kid can do.
“Stop reading over my shoulder!” Again, as a child, this was so bizarre to me. You’re reading. I’m reading. What’s the big deal? Oh, it is a big deal. A very big deal. And what makes it even more irritating is when the child doing it can’t even read yet!
“Stop moving your leg!” Or your foot, or your arms. Just stop!* I did this all the time as a child, and I never understood why it was bothersome to adults. So I’m shaking my leg a little bit. Sue me. But sitting on the couch, trying to read a story to a child who won’t stop moving their foot? I just can’t deal with it. (*Note: This can also apply to your spouse)
“Leave the door open or leave it closed!” (I know, another one with the doors) But it’s true. All the toys in the house and kids like to play with the doors. The main reason I think this is drives adults crazy is that the more times they open and shut the door, the more likely it is that someone’s finger is going to get closed in said door. If that happens, then you have to toe that ever-so-thin line between consoling your injured child and telling them “I told you so.”
“No, I’m not hungry. I ate while I was cooking.” I don’t know if this happened to anyone else as a kid, but I remember my Mother only eating a small portion of food at dinner time, if she ate anything at all. This was such an odd thing to me. Why would she eat while she was cooking? The whole point of cooking dinner is to sit down and eat it, right?
But now that I’m a Mom, I totally get it! Once everyone else sits down to eat, they get to sit until they’re finished. But Moms? Nope. Moms have to get up 50 times to get someone more milk, or cut their food, or get them another helping, or clean up a spill (which is often why you need to get them more milk). It also might have a little something to do with the fact that, if you’re a Mom, there’s a good chance you were so busy all day, you forgot to eat breakfast and lunch. If I don’t snack while I cook, I don’t eat.
So, yes, kids will be kids. I guess all we can do as parents is remember that we were once them, unknowingly doing the exact same things to our parents. If that doesn’t make you feel better, just remember that one day, their kids will be kids, doing all those annoying things to them. All thanks to this crazy, wonderful circle we call life.