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Because

“Because!”

This is the parenting go-to when our limit has been reached.

When the teeth are still unbrushed ten minutes past bedtime; when the muddy sneakers have made it un-wiped past the door mat; when the same muddy shoes are left blocking the door; when the bathroom is covered in wet towels and laundry; and the bedroom, the bedroom… Ok, stop right there buster.

Why, you ask?

Why? Why? I’ll tell you why. Because I said so! Because I’m the parent around here!

Yes, we’ve all been there once or twice on both sides of that statement.

There may be a flip side here.

I think ‘Because’ might also be the perfect answer, as well as justification, for engaging in child-likebehavior in particular circumstances…

 

Take a ride in the toilet, because water parks are closed until June. Tip: clean it first.

Make a stupid face, because it’s funny.

Warning: it will stay that way because that’s a scientific fact!

 

Eat lots of cookies. Do I even need to say it?

 

Imitate the living dead, because zombies are cool and they freak non-zombies out.

 

Dance like a fool because you think that’ll make it snow.

 

When the snow does fall, enjoy it. Why? Seriously? Because school’s closed!

 

And since reality can be a massive downer now and again, shouldn’t we be able to simply laugh at the absurdity of human existence simply because we can?

 

I thought so.

 

Part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Updated: April 3, 2017 — 7:34 am

14 Comments

  1. “Because I said so” was a staple for me when my kids were small. Love the funner side of because that you’ve shown and now wish I had used that a little more when my kids were small.

    1. Don’t hold me to it but I think “Because” is going to be my reason for “doing” in the near future. Thanks Janet.

  2. Loving your posts 🙂

  3. “Because!” is often a great reason for a whole lot of things, but YES – especially when it comes to acting silly or answering children. 😀

    1. I’ve decided to use it more often myself. Thanks again for reading.

  4. But I don’t want it to snow! So I will dance for sun because I feel winter should be over. As the parent can I make that so because I said so?

    I think that we should make that rule! Can we strike the secret committee and sort that out?

    As for this awful “I’m never going to say that as a parent” statement – yeah, I’ve lost count how many times this past week… there are times I lack the energy to think up a good reason why they should stop and “because I’ll miss you if you die” just sounds a bit harsh. You know? 😉 Lovely post.

    1. You dance for whatever you want to fall from the sky (or not fall). We’ve all said, “I won’t say that”. I guess there is a reason it is cliched parental behavior. You nailed it — exhaustion. Thanks Louise.

  5. I don’t like this post; I LOVE this post BECAUSE I do! Sharing!

    1. Glad you like it Lee. Thanks as always.

  6. Love the old C&H books. My husband collected them as a kid and my 10 year old is super into them now. (Quick question, is this a potential copyright hazard? Just curious how you get around that?)

    1. Glad they’re fans too. As long as I’m not making any money off the strips, it seems kosher. Also, if you Google “Calvin and Hobbes” and hit Images you’d be astounded how many of the strips have been copied online.

  7. Oh I use ‘because’ with my grandson but I like your idea of reversing it. I think I’m going to give myself permission to do more fun things ‘because’. Good luck with the A-Z Challenge.

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