Moments in Parenting When You Don’t Know What to Say

This past weekend we celebrated my boy’s birthday.  He awoke excited for the day, but then descended into his trademark morning grumpiness.  The prospect of going to church before his party didn’t jibe with his desired schedule of the day’s activities, and he didn’t at all care for our telling him “No” when he made certain demands.

His response:

“No” is not a word you say to the birthday boy.

This from the guy who had just opened a gargantuan Unicron transformer toy.

Kyle Cupp

Kyle Cupp is a freelance writer who blogs about culture, philosophy, politics, postmodernism, and religion. He is a contributor to the group Catholic blog Vox Nova. Kyle lives with his wife, son, and daughter in North Texas. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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9 Responses

  1. Jaybird says:

    “Here is Unicron. Now, stop playing with Unicron. We have to listen about how trivial are the things of this world.”

  2. Patrick Cahalan says:

    > “No is not a word you say to the birthday boy”.

    Heh. I get these sorts from Jack and Hannah every once in a while and my response is usually something of this nature…

    “Is this the rule? Hold on a second… look me in the eye here. (gives them a Daddy Stare). Are you sure you want this to be the rule? I have a birthday too, you know. Are you reeeeeeealy sure you want it to be the rule that you can’t say ‘no’ to a birthday boy?”

  3. sam wilkinson says:

    I know what I’d say, but I’m not sure choke is a word.

  4. James Hanley says:

    My kids are familiar with my all purpose response to just about everything: “Wanna bet?”

  5. Kazzy says:

    I initially read “gargantuan Unicron transformer toy” as “gargantuan Unicorn transformer toy” and promptly sighed… “Et tu, Hasbro?”