Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Don't Swallow Your Gum!

My daughter LOVES bubble gum. I am constantly finding her rifling through my purse looking for the pack of Trident. She chomps away at it like a pro. She reminds me of a gum cracking waitress from the '50s. Or a cow chewing it's cud.

Mr. Schmitty bought her a pack of her very own at the grocery store. Darn those candy displays at the checkout.

I did not know she was in possession of this pack of gum, not until I began to find the wrappers, like a trail, to her room. After making her hand over the remaining pieces, I told her that she is only allowed to chew ONE piece at a time. I explained that I would hold on to her gum and that if she wanted some, she needed to ask.

I left her room and walked into my bedroom. Here I found shreds of foil, along with an apparently chewed up gum wrapper.

RUBY!

Thus, another reason that R. should not be allowed to "hold on" to her own package of gum. She leaves it on the coffee table and on the rug in the living room. She might as well put it in the dog's food bowl.

I called R. and T., as he can have a tendency to leave things lying around too, to my computer. I told them that they needed to be more careful with their things and to make sure to put them in their places. Especially food like items. I showed them the half eaten wrappers and then told them that I needed to show them something.

I pulled up a picture on the Internet and said, "This is what happens when you swallow gum. I'm not sure if Ruby actually ate any gum, but we don't want this to happen to her if she farts, do we?"


Their eyes got big and their faces took on a mixture of concern and amusement. I'm sure they were contemplating whether or not I was pulling their leg.

I then pulled up this next picture. I pointed to each word on the poster and read it out loud. T. and R. looked at each other. Could this really happen?


I do believe they will keep track of their gum from now on.

16 comments:

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

LOL! That's awesome. I will be showing my 3 year old those pictures. He is a chronic gum swallower.

The Fritz Facts said...

That is fabulous! Boo isn't allowed her own gum for that reason. I keep it in my purse, as far away as possible.

Ali said...

i'd almost rather isabella swallow her gum than hand it to me at the most inconvenient times...or what she mostly does....decorates my furniture with it. awesome.

:)

georgie said...

LMFAO!!!! Omgawd i am speechless that is a classic to bad my beans are to old to believe me or i would so try this

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I wish I had a fun mom like you.

Tricia said...

Oh no you didn't. This is hillarious. Can you come over the next time I'm having a parenting melt down?

Tiddly Inks said...

Ohhh, you are evillllll! LOL

You should have included these pictures in the birds and the bees talk with W. :) Oh, wait...maybe not!

Patois said...

The nightmares!

Super B's Mom said...

I AM DYING HERE!! *can't breathe*

That is pure awesomeness.

YOU.ROCK.

beth said...

That's some clever parenting! I always disliked the gum chewing, but it's very popular amoung the kids right now.

Sabrae said...

Oh that is a wonderful little trick you played on them!!! lol

Mommy Cracked said...

I just LOVE the way you think!!! LOL!!

Liz@thisfullhouse said...

BAHWHAHAHAHAHA!

Momo Fali said...

That picture is hysterical! Love it! We Mom's have to be creative sometimes, don't we?!

Christina said...

Oh my gosh!!! That picture is hilarious! My son has a monkey shirt that's the same as your dog picture. His uncle bought it for him after his "potty issue" about 4 years ago.

He was sitting on the pot and absolutely bawling. He was terrified to poop! Apparently his grandma had told him that if he swallows his gum, when he does poop, a bubble will come out and he will float away.

meleah rebeccah said...

HA HA HA

That was GREAT.


I have a feeling they wont be swallowing anymore gum anytime soon!!