I told you that would happen!

Most of the time I think my children are pretty intelligent. They’re pretty good at figuring stuff out for themselves. And then they go and do these incredibly un-smart things, and then repeat them, and all I can do is shake my head and say, “I told you so!” It’s surprisingly satisfying to say that to your children. They really hate it. That’s a teensy bit satisfying too!

Let me give you a few examples.

My son loves to run as fast as he can. He also likes to keep an eye out for how far behind I am. I can’t count how many times I’ve told him to watch where he’s running. Look in front of you kid, not behind you, or you’ll crash into something. He has crashed into poles, trees, parked vehicles, people, strollers with tiny children in them, and more. He usually injures himself in the collision. You’d think that he would figure out that he needs to be looking where he’s running, but no. My well of sympathy is completely dry on this one, so now I pretty much tell him, “that’s what happens when you’re not looking where you’re going.”

Both of my children like to perch on the edge of their chairs at mealtimes. Every meal, multiple times, we tell them to sit properly on their seats. If you sit on the edge, you’ll fall off. Guess what happens? They fall off. My daughter has fallen off her chair twice in the past 3 days. She’s still sitting with one butt cheek hanging off of her chair. I had to go in the kitchen because I was laughing to hard to comfort the poor kid.

The kids have discovered that they can climb one of the trees in the back yard. My daughter is a little less adventurous and sticks close to the trunk, but my son likes to sway in the branches. We’ve told him over and over again that it’s not safe to climb out on the little branches, because they aren’t strong enough to hold him. You totally know where I’m going with this… yep, the other day he fell out of the tree. He was only about 5 feet off the ground, thank goodness. I’m hoping that this lesson sticks… so far so good, but it’s only been about a week, he may forget.

So what makes you want to say “I told you so!” to your kids?


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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10 Responses to I told you that would happen!

  1. Great post! My daughter, who is a recent new driver, thinks she knows it all. “I told you there is a blind spot that you cannot check just with mirrors alone!” Yeah. Enough said.

  2. Every day! “Stop chasing each other around the table!” – how many stubbed toes and tears does it take?

  3. hahahahhaha! The other day my son ended up telling me “Mom, I was blowing you off at first because I didn’t fully get what you were trying to tell me to do. I’m glad I decided to just humor you, because that worked out so much better than how I was going to do it.”

    Oh yeah, score 1 for mom! 🙂

  4. Mommy A to Z says:

    Ha! My daughter sits on the edge of her chair every meal and always falls off and gets an “ouchee.” In frustration, I told her I was going to make a recording of myself saying “Sit in your chair” and play it on a loop the entire meal. “How do you think that sounds?” I challenged, hoping she’d realize the error of her ways. “Mommy,” she responded, “that sounds ridiculous.” Yes, I thought to myself, indeed it does. Indeed it does….

  5. Off Duty Mom says:

    What is it with the one-butt-cheek-on-the-chair? Both of my kids do it, too. Do they just want to stand and eat? I don’t get it. One of them falls on the floor during dinner at least once each week. I thought it was only us.

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