I love my kids. I love them more than anything in the world, but sometimes they annoy the crap out of me. I’m not the type of mom who will sit here and tell you about my angelic kids who never do anything wrong. That my friends, would be a heaping pile of bullshit. I know these acts are their way of experimenting and navigating through this great big world (and I fully support that), but OMG, sometimes I find their behavior down right annoying. Here’s a list of 6 things they do that I find annoying. Again, just to reiterate, I love the crap out of these two kitty cat faced girls.
1. Taking their shoes off in the car. Both of my girls do this. I get them dressed and ready to leave the house, we get in the car to drive to our destination and when we arrive, I almost always find both of them shoeless. I don’t know why, but I find it super annoying. Can’t you guys just keep your damn shoes on? Don’t even get me started on the days where we run errands to multiple places. The shoes come off after every stop. I feel like a broken record. For the love of God, please keep your shoes on.
2. Getting into my make-up, jewelry, toiletries and other personal items. I have climbers. So, please spare me by not telling me I should put my stuff away, or you too shall annoy me. Both of my girls love getting in to my things. For some reason, they always go for the nicest stuff, too. They’ll go right past the cheap-o Victoria’s Secret lip gloss and right for my $30 highlighter from Benefit. Aw, thanks for smashing the shit out of that super expensive highlighter stick. Not! I won’t even get started on all of the broken and missing jewelry.
3. High pitched squeals/shrieks. I think this might be a girl thing, but who knows. I don’t have boys, so I can’t say for sure. My girls have the ability to hit a decibel I didn’t even know was possible. It’s the kind of shriek that leaves your ears ringing for minutes after. It’s the kind of shriek that can give you an instant headache. Sometimes, they’ll go back and forth shrieking just to entertain each other. I, however, I am not so amused by this.
4. Having no sense of urgency – unless it’s one of their asks/demands. When we have somewhere to be at a certain time, I always plan ahead. I give timing reminders. “Girls, we are leaving in 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes” etc. I get my 1 year old ready, because she can’t get herself ready yet, but I do expect my 3 year old to be able to dress herself and do some of the basics by herself. Lately, and maybe it is just the age, but I find that she gets distracted so easily. I find myself asking her to put her shoes on 10 times. It drives me nuts! But, of course, if she needs something she needs it pronto!
5. Talking about poop and other bodily functions all the time. Okay, sometimes this is funny, but it wears on me after a while. This is mainly my three year old, but man, I feel like every other word out of her mouth is poop. “Hey Sophie, what do you want for lunch today?” “Poopie doo doo pants! Hahahaha!”. “Seriously, Sophie, what would you like me to make?” “Toot in your pants, mommy! Hahaha.” She always finds ways to sneak the word poop into songs, too. “If you’re happy and you know it poop your pants.” Again, sometimes it’s funny, but sometimes it’s excessive. Can we keep the poop jokes down to a minimum, please?
6. Using every blanket and pillow in the house to make a living room picnic. My kids are obsessed with picnics. I think a lot of toddlers are. We go on a lot of picnics and eat a lot of meals outside on the grass. It’s pretty cute. What I find less cute is their need to pull out every blanket and strip the couch of the pillows to make a living room picnic every morning. To ice the cake, my 3 year old will pack snacks. She’ll use about 10 ziplocs to pack snacks and pack about 10 string cheeses into her backpack. She rarely eats any of it, and sometimes I find rotted string cheese in backpacks days later. Stop it, please. Everything we do does not have to be a picnic.
Do your kids sometimes do things that annoy you?