Friday, October 14, 2005

She's on to me . . .

The other day, I was joking with a friend about how I'm the Queen of "We'll see" because when my kids say stuff like "Promise we can go swimming tomorrow!" or "Promise I can have a sleep-over next weekend." I usually say "We'll see." I don't want to make promises that I might not be able to keep and unless I know that it's out of the question, I don't say no. (Ok, I admit, even when I'm pretty sure the answer is "no", I sometimes say "we'll see" just so that I don't have to argue.)

So, this morning M-Girl really wanted to lay in bed with me even though it was past time to get up. I said "Ok, I'll lay with you for a couple of minutes but you have to promise me something." (I was going to make her promise that she'd get up as soon as I said she needed to.) She says, "Why? You never make promises." I look at her, puzzled and she says "You always say 'we'll see' and you don't make promises." I want my kids to listen to me but I didn't want them to figure out my tricks and use them against me!

7 comments:

Sandra said...

You got that trick from me, right? I never never never promise anything. I'm the Maybe Mama.

landismom said...

Yeah, I'm the Queen of Maybe too. And last night, when we were reading a Junie B. Jones, Junie's mom said, "maybe" to her, and Junie got excited because "maybe doesn't mean no." My daughter agreed that maybe was still a possibility, because "sometimes you say yes."


(Hangs head in shame at the fact that I've been reduced to regurgitating dialogue from Junie B. Jones books.)

cmhl said...

uh oh!!!! hahaha. they pick up on that early. mine can always tell when I am only half listening to them. haha.

Juliabohemian said...

my daughter says "we'll see just means 'no'."

MIM said...

Girl, you in trouble!

Jessica said...

Maybe Mama and Queen of Maybe - I like those! They're much better than the Queen of We'll See.

cmhl - My kids keep talking even when they must know I'm in the middle of something and I'm not paying attention to them. I guess the problem is that when they say "Mom?" I say "Uh huh." Even if I'm not listening!

mim - yes, I am in BIG trouble. Daily.

Scholiast said...

Sounds too true.. I don't like to turn them down immediately either, so "we'll see" usually works fine.. Another thing, though - if we need to discuss something above the heads of our kids, my husband and I talk English (which we don't normally..) but now our oldest (7) is understanding a little too much.. And he'll be teaching the others (5) before you know it..
They're on to me, alright!

BTW, I've linked to you, hope you don't mind :)