My Kids Make Me Laugh at the Dinner Table

my kids make me laugh at the dinner tableI’d never admit it to their faces, but my kids make me laugh at the dinner table.

Most nights of the week, we actually try to sit down and have an old fashioned family dinner.  The kind where everyone is at the table at the same time and all electronic devices are banned.

Radical idea, I know.

Honestly, we succeed only about half the time.  But that’s better than nothing.

As we’re sitting there talking and looking at each other’s faces, my kids say some pretty funny stuff.  Most of the time, they don’t even mean to!

My kids make me laugh when they play with their food.

The other day, GoGo was playing with his food.  I said what every mom would say.

GoGo, please don’t play with your food.

I had to stay mom-prorpriateHis response was original.

I’m not playing with it!  It’s dancing.

I couldn’t say what I wanted to say.

(Well alrighty then.  Don’t let me get between you and the dancing chicken strip on your plate.  Perhaps it can dance right into your mouth.)

I had to settle for the more mom-propriate phrase.

Just eat your chicken please.

My kids make me laugh when they interact.

We have a standing agreement in our house that allows the boys to trade food with each other after sampling.  It sounds weird, but it works.

I may put four carrot slices on each boy’s plate, but I know full well that GoGo (aka Mr Picky) is going to reluctantly eat one tiny bite before offering to trade his brother for some extra apple slices (or whatever).

They learn to tolerate “icky green stuff” on their plates and develop some negotiating skills at the same time.

The other day, Watty was trying to trade his macaroni and cheese for some fruit salad.

Watty:  GoGo, I want your fruit.

GoGo:  No!

Watty:  But you don’t like fruit.

(GoGo raises one eyebrow and gives his brother “the look.”  Then he drops his voice to sound big and scary.)

GoGo:  You stand in-corrected sir!

I have no idea what “in-corrected” means.  But it made me giggle.  I had to leave the table to hide my giggles in the bathroom.

While I’m in the bathroom, my husband texts me:

Hubby:  Did he just say INcorrected?

Me:  Yes.

Hubby:  You gonna blog that?

Me:  Of course.

Every single day, my kids make me laugh.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!

How have your kids made you laugh today?

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. {Melinda} I always love it when my kids say, “Wow, Mom. This dinner tastes better than I thought it would.”

    High praise. 🙂
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  2. Oh, that mental picture of you standing in the bathroom laughing and texting will make me smile all day. I had my grandboys last night and they sure made me laugh, too. The thing with grandchildren is that you can just go ahead and laugh with them.
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    • Texting for parents rocks. We can stay in sync on an issue without the boys ever being the wiser. Or, at least we could… they figured out what we were doing and try to read the texts now. eek.

  3. Ha! I hadn’t heard that one before – about the dancing food.

    I LOVE dinner time with the family. Now it’s mostly just David and I but when the kids and grandkids are here, it’s hysterical – just like it used to be. We always had awesome conversations at the table and lots of laughing. Dinner time was one of my favorite times of the day. Oh, except for the part where I had to plan it, cook it and clean it up.
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    • I treasure the time at the table. According to my husband, one of my prime “job duties” for the family is to be a jealous guardian of the dinner hour.

      We have interactions over dinner that just wouldn’t happen any other way. It’s worth the cleaning and planning just to have that time together.

  4. My favorite time with my family is when we’re having dinner, we always have a lot to share in that moment of the day.
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