Responsible Parenting

Once you’ve had kids for a while you can tell the difference between their cries of distress and yelps of pure joy. However, there are some things that no parent wants to hear coming from the basement while the children play. A good mom would intervene or at the very least investigate in that situation.

I’m telling.

Yeah! No pants!

That was your own fault.

Shhh, you’re okay.

This is war!

Don’t tell Mommy.

No, YOU let go.

Hold still.

Well, I didn’t give him the marker.

My turn with the handcuffs.


Uh oh.

You deserved it.


Are you breathing?


A responsible mom would hear those raised voices and rush to check on the little darlings. Then there’s Option B:  Carry on and hope for the best. After all, they will definitely come upstairs to find you if there is any blood.


What’s the most frightening thing you’ve heard your little cherubs say. And yes, sometimes silence is the scariest thing of all.

Author: Jan Moyer

Embracing my inner child since 2005.

6 thoughts on “Responsible Parenting”

  1. So so true. By child number three you just tend to “hope for the best” 🙂 Keep on making lunch and hope all of them come up when you call.
    One time Aliya said to Jack, if you bend down behind the tub Mommy can not see you do that anymore! 🙂 Needless to say, when they are in the tub, I AM right in the bathroom, so I spoiled all the bathtub fun for that night! 🙂

  2. Hey Jan,
    I thought of this blog post just now as my 11 year old walked by and said, under her breath, “Hmm, what else can I blow up?” It did make my pause for a moment, but then I just carried on making lunch. I didn’t actually hear exploding noises, so it must be ok, right? 🙂

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