Hoping for "memory loss"

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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I know, as moms, we often complain that our kids either don't listen or forget everything we've told them.  Who amongst us has not uttered the phrase "How many times do I have to remind you ....!!"

We remind them not to put too much ketchup on their fries. We remind them not to walk through the house with muddy shoes. We remind them time and time again to close the door.

I bet we're usually wishing they'd just remember more.


But I also have come to realize that I often wish and hope my kids will FORGET things.

Last week, for example, we were at the mall. Ben fell in love with a stuffed animal at the toy store. A big one. A $29.95 one. The boy already has approximate 325 stuffed animals on his bed. He does not need another one. Much less a giant, $30 one.  He begged and begged me to buy it. I thought I was doing the wise thing by telling him that I didn't have the money and that if he really wanted it he'd have to spend his money.  I thought that would be the deal breaker for him. But as luck would have it, he still wanted it.

So then he begged me to go home and count up his money so we could go back and buy the stuffie.  I told him that we could *probably* do that, all while knowing (hoping) that he'd probably forget about it 10 minutes after we left the store.

He remembered it about 27 more times that night. I pushed it to the next day, citing the fact that it was night and the store was closed. I was still hoping, hoping, hoping that when he woke up in the morning he'd forget about it.

Luckily, he did.

The same thing happened the other day when the boys decided to lay out a whole bunch of rocks to do "an experiment". While it wasn't messy, it was taking up my entire counter. I left it for a few days, then quietly removed them one night after they went to bed. Hoping, again, that they'd forget all about it.

Luckily, they did.

I'm not always so lucky though. I've occasionally thrown away the "most special piece of paper with scribbling on it in the whole wide world!!!" and been met with accusatory tears blaming me for ruining their whole life. ;)

So while I spend a lot of time hoping my kids will remember things. I spend as much time hoping they'll forget.

How about you? Ever had something you really hope your kids will forget about before you have to "pay up" on a promise?

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