I Have My Reasons

February 21, 2011

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Sometimes you gotta pull the Mom card.

Like earlier.

When I was in the bathroom doing what one does in the bathroom. (Sorry for the visual.)

And one 8 year old daughter comes up banging on the door (of course), asking,

Moooo-oom, can I watch SpongeBob on your compuuuuuuter?

“No honey, not now.”

“Whyyyyyy?”

Now.

I could just say “because I said so.” Nothing wrong with that. But it sounds a little authoritarian, and I like giving my children reasons. I don’t want them to think that I arbitrarily say No. God gives us reasons.

I could list all the reasons. But that would be tiring, and an 8 year old doesn’t really care about my reasons. (I don’t want you to watch TV before schoolwork, I want to reserve that for later when I’m really tired and need some quiet, I don’t want you on the laptop without supervision, because you asked me while I was in the bathroom, etc.)

All good reasons, only I don’t have the energy to say all that. So I just say No.

“But whyyyyy?”

Sigh. It’s early, she hasn’t had breakfast yet, so I let this little bit of whiny slide.

And then I heard the following magic words come out of my lips:

“I have my reasons.”

Silence.

I hear feet pad down the hall, away from the bathroom door.

Apparently it’s enough for her that I *have* reasons. There’s no arguing or begging.

I have my reasons.

You can borrow it. I’m all about sharing like that.

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3 Responses to “I Have My Reasons”

  1. Mom on February 22nd, 2011 12:22 pm

    Hi Sweetheart!
    Great answer!! I will borrow that!!
    Love ya, Mom

  2. Tsoniki Crazy Bull on February 24th, 2011 5:14 pm

    I love that phrase! I will use that instead of because I said so next time. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. Christine Holroyd on February 24th, 2011 5:51 pm

    LOL I love it but my daughter (5 yrs old) will say : “And what are they?”

    It won’t stop me giving it a go, though! And, like you I like to give Charlotte a reason and it’s a tiring journey having to be so concious.

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