A Sure Fire Way to Annoy Your Kids, Courtesy of My Father
When I was a kid, whenever I or my sister or brother had the hiccups, we would kvetch* vehemently, as if someone could actually do something about them. "I have the hiccups!" I would exclaim. And my dad would say: "Well, don't tell anybody, or everyone one will want some."
Try this with your kids. I have found that it works quite well for many things. Just this morning, I employed this strategy twice:
Mom! I have a snotty nose!
Well, don't tell anybody, or everyone will want a snotty nose.
Mom! Bird poop on my window!
Well, don't tell anybody, or everyone will want some bird poop.
Every time I do this, the kids growl in disgust and hurl vitriole at my dad: "Thanks a lot, Poppa!"
I get a little giggle each time, the kids give up on me in indignation, and I don't have to respond to every little complaint. Like I said: magic.
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*Spelling has been corrected from original post. See comments. Thanks HM.