Friday, June 6, 2008

Can you tell me why...

...toy makers put two volume settings on toys that make noise? Normal and slightly louder. Do parents really need to turn the volume up louder on the offending, catchy, annoying tune a toy or fridge magnet plays? And is the volume increase there to help children who can't hear well? The switch just becomes a point of contention between parents and toddlers once they figure out how to turn the switch to the highest setting.

...you get shocked to death when you take your child(ren) to the local playground? When my kids come down the slide and I see their hair standing up straight, I know I'm in for it. I brace myself and take the shock for the team so my child doesn't bail off the slide and end up crying. And even then, I think I still get shocked.

...children eat crayons? Are they really that much more tasty than carrots?

...dino bites? Okay, so I don't want to offend anyone here. My kids have eaten these, my friends buy these, but why a dino? Is this a gender neutral animal? Why not a chicken b/c it's chicken? or a horse? And don't most parents cut them up resulting in the child missing out on the cute little dino anyway? There is something that totally creeps me out about shaping chicken into the shape of a dino.

...when your children wake between 5:45 am and 7 am it often throws off the entire day? And if the early waker makes it to 5:45 am you wake up slightly nauseous and can't think of anything besides when you could possibly squeeze in a nap. This early wake up also means you get to watch all those Disney shows that drive you crazy, i.e. the Wiggles and Jo Jo's circus.

...children playing so sweetly together often results in crying or yelling between them 15 minutes later? And the fact that they played sweetly for 15 minutes, is a huge success?

...it's June, 50 degrees, and my heat is coming on at the same rate it did in March? I've been eager to get some walks in with the kids, but I feel like i need to bundle them up in fleece before we venture out. Where is the sun?

These are just some questions milling about my head. I know there are no answers, but sometimes I really wish there was a wikipedia for moms.

11 comments:

amanda said...

i had tons of clever, witty things to say in response to all your wise questions...but you lost me at wikipedia for moms!!!

seriously would that not be the best thing in the world!! please, please dear wiki people can you make that for us??

TcH said...

OK Im with you on the weather. Im SO over it.
However, I can not allow you to be a hater to the dino nuggets. Dino nuggets rock! haha. However, now that you pointed it out, I have to agree. It is odd. I guess just b/c kids like dinos??? And that way they will eat them? Who the heck knows? *shrug*

I take it the kids got up WAY too early today?? Im sorry :- (

rebecca said...

I love this post! I am so with you on the volume options, Nik is constantly turning it up on the farm magnet toy so I end up throwing it on the top of the fridge. I'm sure one day he is going to figure a way to climb up and get it.
And good point about the crayons. They can't possibly taste good. I probably would eat a brussell sprout instead. Blech.

emily said...

amen to the noisy toys! why can't they just make it without the annoying electronic music? we try to keep the volume off altogether--it's working for now...

Kate said...

Okay - speech pathologist weighing in here....the noisy setting of most kids' toys is actually a decibel level that isn't healthy for their little ears, unless they are always sitting 10 feet away from it. A little trick: open the compartment with the speaker and put a layer of cotton or gauze in it and voila! no more noisy toy. OR, you can just put a layer or two of masking tape over the speaker - same thing.

kate said...

kate - you are hilariuos. seriously, only would know this, I love it. I'm going to try the take trick though. I love you.

McMommy said...

First of all...hoorayyyy!! Look, I clicked on the mr. linky link on POW....and it brought me to YOU! You did it! I'm so proud!!

Secondly, this is such an awesome choice for POW...I am hysterically laughing at it ALL! The dino nuggets...the volume thingy..the early riser...you are so right about it all. I feel so much better...I am not alone in all this!

trying said...

amen to everything on your list! especially the toy one, sweet jesus was the man who invented the switch hard of hearing?

Kate said...

I know, I know Kate...they don't call me "Safety Kate" for nothing! Didn't Lisa invent that?

Karen said...

I couldn't agree more with your post! The best solution I found for the noisy toys is to "run-out" of batteries! (Then of course you have to "forget"to pick them up in the store!)

Shannon said...

I'm all for the wikipedia for Mommy's! Although- I think checking out blogs works too.