Ego Check….Yep, All Gone!

I have days where I feel confident in my intellect, appearance and parenting skills. Then I have the rest of the days when my children are around 🙂

God has blessed me with children who have a way of keeping my ego in check. With them here, I won’t get too smug – they are more than willing to point out my shortcomings. They do it with such cute smiles, that I can’t get mad. Sometimes my feelings get hurt, but I bandage myself and move on.

I’ve written down some of the things my two darling boys have said over the last two weeks. If I ever start getting an inflated ego, I can count on them to show up with sharp pins!

1) Older son:  “Your ponytail looks like a badger.”

(I don’t see it. My ponytail doesn’t have feet.  Or beady eyes.)

2) Mentioned to hubby my pants were a bit tight. Older son: “you’re not that fat.”

(Gee. Thanks.)

3) <younger son poking my belly> “Mommy, your belly’s squishy”

(Yeah, I know. Can you pass me the Oreos, please?)

4) Older son:  “You didn’t know Delaware is 1,954 square miles? You need to go back to 4th grade, Mom.”

(Oh, yeah…what’s the square root of 81? Not sure what I’ll do when he learns that one.)

5) Younger son:  “Your legs are furry!”

(Gotta love his attention to detail.)

For those prone to enlarged egos, I recommend having children.  It won’t take long before ego takes a hike.  Who needs ego anyway?


32 thoughts on “Ego Check….Yep, All Gone!

  1. bjones1031 May 17, 2012 / 6:13 AM

    Thanks for the laughs this morning. I love your kids already. 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:10 PM

      Hey, you can’t take their side 🙂 So glad you stopped by to laugh with (at?) me, Bjones!

      • bjones1031 May 18, 2012 / 7:27 AM

        Definitely laughing with you. 🙂 I’ve already told my office mates about the badger this morning.

        • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 8:05 AM

          Great! Perhaps my badger-like ponytail will become famous 🙂

          What would be embarrassing is if someone saw me and exclaimed, “hey, that’s the badger hair lady!” while pointing an accusatory finger at me. If that happens, I’ll have to concede that my son speaks the truth.

  2. suzicate May 17, 2012 / 6:36 AM

    They certainly have a way of keeping us in check, don’t they?!

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:10 PM

      Yes, they do, Suzicate. My older son especially likes to mess with my head!

  3. momsomniac May 17, 2012 / 8:48 AM

    Ha ha!

    My middle son: “Mommy, you look really pretty”
    Me: “Thank you. That is so sweet.”
    Middle son: “And you smell like poop”

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:11 PM

      Ouch! Don’t you just love those backhanded compliments, Momsomniac? At least you look pretty to him – that’s saying something 🙂

  4. nrhatch May 17, 2012 / 12:05 PM

    Bwahaha . . . glad your Ego is firmly held in check by your offspring.

    BTW: I think badgers are cute, especially without the beady eyes.

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:14 PM

      Yep, it’s hard to get full of myself when there’s a little person there to let me know I’m ‘not all that’! I don’t have anything against badgers, as long as they aren’t a comparison for my hair or clothing 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

  5. Debbie May 17, 2012 / 1:20 PM

    Hahaha! Your boys appear to be completely normal! They’re observant and forthright. Sometimes that can come across as tactless, but with perseverance they’ll learn to play nice! Glad you’re developing a “thick hide” impervious to the barbs! It will serve you well in the coming years!

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:18 PM

      They can be little turkeys, Debbie! My younger son is real bad about not filtering what he says. A year and a half ago, when shopping for a camping trailer, he asked the man helping us if he had a baby in his belly. I wanted to die right there, but luckily he had a sense of humor. His response: No, but I have a six-pack of beer!

      • Debbie May 18, 2012 / 8:40 AM

        What a great story! Sounds like something the Domer might have said at that age. Don’t you love how innocent and outspoken kids can be??

        • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 10:48 PM

          They are cute – only because I don’t think they intend to be mean 🙂 Thanks for reading and relating, Debbie!

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:19 PM

      If I got offended at their comments, I would be upset all the time. Instead, it made for a fun blog post to write! Thanks for reading, Phil 🙂

  6. pattyabr May 17, 2012 / 4:00 PM

    ha ha That’s the best part about kids are the darndest (sp)things they say 🙂

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:20 PM

      Yep, you never know what they will come up with. Maybe that’s why I’m so nervous when they meet people 🙂 Thanks for reading, Patty!

  7. Carl D'Agostino May 17, 2012 / 5:53 PM

    God has blessed me with children who have a way of keeping my ego in check.

    God and I will have quite a heated conversation when the time comes. I do not plan to be so accepting.

    • jannatwrites May 17, 2012 / 8:21 PM

      I’m sure that will be quite the conversation, Carl! Wish I could be a fly on the wall for that one 🙂

  8. pattisj May 17, 2012 / 11:23 PM

    Kids are painfully honest in their opinions. And gladly offer them.

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 5:14 AM

      Unfortunately, that is true. So embarrassing when it’s a stranger that gets the brunt of it 🙂 Thanks for reading, Patti!

  9. Sandra Tyler (@SFiberworks) May 18, 2012 / 4:39 AM

    Lol, this is great! My favorite, the pony tail. Though my boys might poke my tummy too. How old are your boys? I have two boys too, 7 and 8. Look forward to more posts about your kids. And don’t feel bad for being on the phone with tech support when one is at your elbow. Kids need to learn to wait their turn.

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 5:21 AM

      I know – my first reaction to the ponytail comment was, “Whaaaa?” My second thought was, “How does he know what a badger looks like? I don’t know what a badger looks like.” (Thank you Google!)

      My boys are 9 and 6 – right around the same age as your boys. There’s a lot of belly poking. Though I haven’t said anything, I think my older son can sense the weight comments do bother me a bit…I can tell because he says them more often 🙂 I suppose it’s a test to see if I’ve gotten over the weight preoccupation of my youth….so far, so good!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read this post. I try to do a ‘family’ post once a week. I hope you write about your kids…I’ll check out your blog more tonight, Sandra!

  10. braintomahawk May 18, 2012 / 12:15 PM

    What?! No Honey Badger comments?
    “Honey my pants are a bit tight”
    Correct answer – “I guess you dried them on high too long and they shrank.”
    Once I knew this answer, it was safe to go out into the world!

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 10:55 PM

      I had no idea what Honey Badger was, so I consulted Google (don’t mock me, I don’t get out much :)) Nasty!

      No one will humor me by telling me the pants shrunk. In fact, when I made such a comment to Hubby, he said, “yeah…the pants shrunk.” Can you beleive that. Maybe I should go honey badger on them 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Braintomahawk!

  11. Charlie Griffin May 18, 2012 / 1:15 PM

    This was great!! Needed a good smile today……thanks.

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 10:55 PM

      So glad you got a laugh out of it. Kinda makes the public humiliation more fun 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Charlie!

  12. Sandra May 18, 2012 / 1:36 PM

    Tee hee! I love this one! I get plenty of those ‘innocent’ comments, too! Especially about my fat belly and furry legs. Kids are so much fun, aren’t they? You’re right: kids do take good care of big egos, in their own, sweet sort of way!

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 10:57 PM

      Kind of ironic that the flabby stomach and furry legs are because of them, right? (Before I had kids, my tummy was flat and I had all kinds of time to shave my legs and paint my toenails.) Oh well, at least I don’t walk around with the delusion that I’m “all that”! Thanks for sharing in the fun, Sandra 🙂

  13. cuhome May 18, 2012 / 3:49 PM

    Your posts ALWAYS make me laugh and laugh! I love your way of expression the humor you see around (and in) you!!! ♥

    • jannatwrites May 18, 2012 / 10:59 PM

      I’m so glad you enjoy reading my posts, Janet. I learned a long time ago that it’s useless to take myself seriously. It’s more fun to laugh than get riled up about these things 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by!

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