My son had committed another infraction. Whether it was leaning back in his chair at the dinner table, refusing to eat his food, or using his fork as an airplane, he’d done something that required scolding.
And so I began in my best “mommy-voice.” Don’t do that. Don’t do this. We expect this and that from you. Please use your manners or said infractions will cost you through the following consequences…
But I as I spoke, his eyes moved slowly toward each other until they were completely crossed, his mouth puckered, his expression…hysterical.
How am I supposed to keep a straight face against that?
And I tried. Really I did. I tried as hard as I could not to lose it, to keep my cool and maintain my “speech.”
But I looked to my husband who had his eyes on our kid and his hand over his mouth to keep from spewing mashed potatoes everywhere.
I’m sure that many of you parents have been in a similar situation–wholeheartedly delivering the “talking-to” that will change your child’s life, only to notice that your kid’s face is possessed.
I’m not gonna lie–I laughed. I had to.
It ruined the teachable moment, but I have no doubt there will be more teachable moments.
Share with me: How do you handle it when your kid makes you laugh when you are trying to discipline?