"Mom, how does the Tooth Fairy fly through the air?"
"How do YOU think?"
"I think moms do it."
"But how can a Mom be a Tooth Fairy?"
"Good moms are lots of things, Princess."

Friday, February 4, 2011


Right at 5:00 my right eye began to twitch, so I knew it was time to start Homework. I pulled it out and called Princess, who proceeded to stare blankly at it for several minutes. Then she listed the numbers from smallest to largest, just as the directions directed.

The first set of directions.

The second set of directions was to circle the median number.

For those not familiar, "median" is the single-most easiest statistical concept know to man. It's formal definition is, "that one there right in the middle."

You would not believe how many times someone can circle a number that is not actually in the middle. I would not have thought it was possible if I had not witnessed it myself. At one point Princess loudly proclaimed that she HAD circled the one in the middle, see! it's that one right THERE.

And she was pointing at the median. Right next to the middle was the number she had circled.

I said, "wait right there! I have an idea." And I ran out of the room and got something.

What! I don't need that right now.
Maybe not. But I do.
Why? Why do you need it?
I need a break. Every Friday you pretend you don't know how to do math, and I'm getting kind of worn out. So we're going to pretend this is me. Every time you feel yourself wanting to tell me that you did do it and it is the right answer, you can tell your doll instead. That way we'll both be happy. And then when you decide you're ready to circle the real middle, then you can tell the real me.

And every time she started to speak, I pointed at the doll.
Then she circle the right answer.
And on problem two.
And on problem three.

Why the heck did that work?

Then I found some inappropriate fluids in an inappropriate place, and we started all over. But that's another story.


  1. LMAO!!!

    We had our "switch" flip here. No one knows why, no one knows how all we know is that Genea can be in the pit of dysfunction and ding ding ding, all the lights go back on and the shit storm is over. For this time anyway.

    May your switch flip fast!

  2. I've gotta try that one! Our 10 year old (also dubbed Princess on my blog: www.teamcrazycakes.blogspot.com) does the same thing with homework. She did homework with a friend over the other week and it was amazing how quickly she got it done correctly when she wasn't playing her poor pitiful stupid me game. I'll have to drag out a doll next time!

  3. It is always good to enjoy those moments. May you be blessed with many more.

  4. Kerrie, I can't believe all the different techniques you use to handle Princess. Thank you so much for sharing your challenges with the readers of Foster2Forever. I appreciate you!