5 Times My Kids Make Me Want To Drink

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If any of their grandparents are reading this, I know what they’re thinking right now — “Those sweet, innocent little angels would never do anything to make someone want to drink, you terrible asshole.” Okay, maybe they wouldn’t add “terrible asshole,” but they would definitely be adamant that my children are perfect little babies. That’s one of the perks of being a grandparent — you can know full well that your grandkids are mini terrorists at times, but you think they’re perfect anyway.

I adore my kiddos, of course. They’re sweet, kind, funny, clever, and a hundred other good things. But, despite all of their positive traits, they also have the tendency to occasionally make their parents consider taking up day drinking. Maybe even morning drinking. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Tattling

I’ve mentioned before that I thought the nearly 6.5 year gap between Little Man and Baby Girl would guarantee certain things — like no fighting. I also thought that tattling would be something that wouldn’t be a big deal, or one-sided, if anything.


My kids tattle on each other constantly. Little Man tattled on Baby Girl before she could even walk. Baby Girl tattled on Little Man before she could even talk.

I hate the tattling with the burning passion of a thousand fiery suns. I also feel bad for the parents of both of my blended families (four kids in the first and five in the second), because I’m sure whatever tattling annoyances I’m experiencing was far worse.

They tattle over dirty looks. They tattle over someone touching a toy or book that they were not using and hadn’t used in forever. They tattle over name calling. Even when one kid calls names first and the other retorts with the same, the kid that lobbed the first insult will tattle. Baby Girl is probably the pettiest of tattlers, because she will tattle over Little Man for looking at the TV while she’s watching it.

Want a drink yet?

2. Interrupting My Bath

For the record, a full post on this reason to drink is forthcoming. It happens that often.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting in an almost scalding hot tub with a good book and having a nice soak. These enjoyable soaks are few and far between now, though, thanks to the kids. The little one sobs wanting to join me. The older one comes in demanding help with homework or wanting to pick my brain about something that happened at school. The really old one (I’m looking at you, hubby) comes in to tell me the kids aren’t listening.

Interruptions. Interruptions, galore! And forget locking the door — if Little Man doesn’t use his library card to open the lock, Baby Girl will attempt to break it down.

The most annoying of the interruptions is when the kids come in to ask me to do something that a) I can’t do BECAUSE I’M IN THE TUB and b) they could’ve either done themselves or asked their dad to help with.

3. Destroying My House

It’s a rare thing that my house is clean and organized. I try, but most days I only whittle away at fixing the disaster zone that is our home. Sometimes, though, the moon and stars align and the house is perfect — so perfect that someone could knock on my door and I’d gladly invite them in instead of making them stand on the porch. (Yes, I will absolutely do that…so call first!)

Everyone knows that it’s in a kid’s DNA to destroy things — especially clean houses. (If your kid is neat and tidy and never spills anything, then you’ve simply lucked out with a gene mutation.) So even though I know that the kids are going to mess things up, it still makes me die inside to watch it happen.

4. When They Won’t Eat My Food

I know that I sound like the biggest hypocrite in the world right now. The picky eater who drove her grandmother crazy, who has friends who will make her something special when she eats at their home, who is a self-admitted shitty cook is griping about her kids not eating her food. But this is different, I promise!

You see, I am totally sympathetic to the plight of the picky eater, so I have no problem with whipping up something extra to make sure Baby Girl has something she likes. While I do try to get her to vary her food options, I’m also not gonna complain about being a short order cook. This isn’t what makes me want to drink.

This is:

It’s. Exactly. What. You. Asked. For. EAT. IT.

5. When They Watch Crappy TV Shows

The experts all caution against letting your kids have too much screen time because it will melt their brains or something. They neglect to mention that screen time can be dangerous for parents, too, as certain programs will make the parents want to give themselves a lobotomy. Sure, it’s nice to turn on the the TV and let them watch a show while we do dishes, fold clothes, or cry in the closet, but some of those shows are rough.

I used to be super picky about what Little Man watched on TV. “Nothing but PBS cartoons for my son!” since I hated Spongebob just as much as I hate tattling. When he got a little older, he got more free reign with age appropriate shows, and that’s when I discovered just how awful children’s programming can be. I’ve had to sit through Pokemon, Slugterra, and Lab Rats. With Baby Girl, I’ve caught parts of Peppa Pig and Mother Goose Club. (Pretty much everything on PBS kids is still amazing, outside of Caillou, though.) We have a fairly small house and they watch their shows in the living room, so it’s hard to escape.

But, yeah, that stuff totally makes me want to drink. And seeing Peppa and her family collapse in the floor every other episode makes me want a double.

Since many of you guys have already mentioned things your kids do that make you want to drink on the game post, what would your drink of choice be if you did play the game?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

25 thoughts on “5 Times My Kids Make Me Want To Drink”

  1. I’d like a rum and Coke, please. And, yes. All of this. TV is finally getting a little better at our house. My youngest still watches his fair share of crap, but one advantage of having a teenager is that we also get Sherlock and Dr. Who. Though you did stick the Caillou theme song in my head, so thanks for that. 🙂

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  2. Another hysterical post! Spongebob was outlawed in my house after a couple months. Not only has been proven to dumb down kids, it’s annoying as all get out. The other banned cartoon was Adventure Time. Whomever came up with that show was trippin’ on LSD. And I totally relate to the grandma comment. I have watched my granddaughter be “challenging”, I still insist she’s an angel. We earned that “right” for surviving the teen years and allowing our kids to make it to adulthood. LOL

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    1. It’s awful! LM watched it occasionally at his grandparents but that’s it. I had to sit through it way too many times when I was younger and my younger siblings watched it.


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  3. I am unfamiliar with Peppa, but from all the times I hear and see it mentioned I feel like I need to watch at least one episode of it. I’ll be sure to have a glass of wine handy so that IF it starts to bug me, I’ll be prepared.

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    1. One thing I really get annoyed with Daniel Tiger is the ugga mugga thing. Just…why?

      I adore those two shows! I was probably more excited than Baby Girl when I found out that Llama Llama (and Pete the Cat, because we love those books, too) was being turned into a show.

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      1. So my husband sometimes watches Daniel Tiger in Italian with Noah. Instead of ugga mugga, they say naso-naso, which means “nose nose”. So it’s his weird way of saying eskimo kiss!

        My one problem with George is that he always does bad things and there are never consequences. But otherwise, he models good problem solving.

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      2. That’s actually kind cute, then!

        True! My fav of all the PBS shows is Sid the Science Kid and Cat in the Hat. It has really fostered an interest in science in both of my kiddos at a young age. I miss the old school Thomas the Tank Engine, though. That show used to be hilarious when my brother was a kid.


  4. I am 100% with you on all of this!!! It never fails that Anna pees on the toilet seat the day after I clean the bathroom – but is perfect the rest of the time!!!!!!!!!!!! And my drink: red wine!!

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  5. So glad I’m not the only one that has banned Spongebob from their home! Why is he so disturbing to me, I have yet to put my finger on it, but it’s definitely a no no in my house. This post made me laugh out loud, thank you for that! 😊 And I’ll have a Jack and Coke please! 🥃

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  6. You know it!
    The bathtub. I seldom get to bathe in peace. It feels like conspiracy. I’ve gotten pretty bitchy about it in recent years.. I have to announce I’m taking a ‘relaxy bath’ and don’t want to be bothered. If I don’t say that, Moo wants it to be a ‘talka mama bath’. It’s okay sometimes, but other times, we NEED the quiet!
    I can remember when Sissy was five, I wanted to take a shower alone and she CRIED about it. Cried. That was one of the first guilts. I won’t recover it.

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    1. Awww, lol! That’s so cute (when it’s someone else’s kid). The boy used to tell me, “My heart…it’s broken!” when he would get in trouble or not get his way. Still feeling that 😀

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  7. Another great post! I don’t have kids so I learn from you. Years ago I heard Jessica Seinfeld talking about what it was like to serve food to people who then make gagging & vomiting sounds. I can feel my blood boiling at the very thought!

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