It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Foiling my Children

“Anna, you little noodle, get your foot out of the kleenex box.”

“Mum? You know, you’ve completely ruined dissing* for Haley and me.”

“Why?” (My good example? My refusal to tolerate sarcasm? My insistence that every interaction, even conflict, can be conducted with respect?)

“Every time we want to diss someone, we end up calling them ‘meatball’ or ‘wumpus’ or ‘noodle’ or ‘goober’. Words like that just don’t work!”

Ha. I am succeeding as a mother.
*This being something the kids will do for entertainment. As was in the beginning, and is now and ever shall be, world without end. In other words: Same game, new name.

April 26, 2007 - Posted by | manners, my kids


  1. wait, wait, wait… “goober” doesn’t work when dissing? are you serious? i have been doing this ALL wrong…

    Comment by Lara | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  2. I overuse dork but it’s because ‘geek’ is a compliment to my husband. However I do utter it with love. 🙂

    Comment by Dani | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  3. goober SO works.

    I also enjoy geek, goofball, silly girl, and others like it.

    Comment by SassyBelle | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  4. My husband jsut told me last night that I’d have to pick a new nickname for Anya when she gets older. She might not like goober too much

    Comment by ktjrdn | April 27, 2007 | Reply

  5. Lara: According to my kids, yes, you have. I take their word for it: what do I know?

    Dani: My husband gets “goof”, also uttered with love. 🙂

    SassyBelle: We have bunches more. That was just a sampling…

    ktjrdn: My eldest complained about her nickname (‘Boo’) when she was about four. We changed it to Bean – and that was just fine! LOL

    Comment by MaryP | April 27, 2007 | Reply

  6. Let me tell you, I also get some weird looks when something bad happens and I exclaim “Oh Frizzle-snitz!” Being trained to be kid friendly makes you something of an oddity among the older kid-free crowd.

    Comment by Haley | April 27, 2007 | Reply

  7. I am totally using noodle from now on.

    Comment by Lady M | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. I’m a fan of the word ‘gomer’. My boyfriend and I call each other that all the time. Usually with a little eye-rolling, but always with love.

    Comment by Renée McTavish | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  9. Yes, and it works for hubbies as well. Just the other day I caught him saying, “snickers” instead of the usual ‘s’ word!! Ha!

    Comment by Mama's Moon | May 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. HAHAHA! That is hilarious. I can just see the eye rolls and mocking that would follow THAT! I’m pretty lame on the diss, too, after being around kids for so many years. I can never work with teens now.

    Comment by kittenpie | May 1, 2007 | Reply

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