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?