When one of my kids is trying to show up another one who is currently under discipline, the conversation might go something like this:
Parent: “Jireh, stop banging on the table with your fork.”
Miriam: “Mommy, mommy, I’m not banging on the table with my fork.”
Me: “So what do you want, a medal?”
Similarly, whenever the kids say something boring and unremarkable, I reply with a rather sarcastic, “Congratulations.”
Example: “Mommy, I took a bite of my food.” “Congratulations.”
Apparently they have caught on, because the other morning Miriam told me something she must have immediately realized was boring, and then followed up her own comment with a wry, “Congratulations.” I couldn’t help but laugh. Then for some reason Jireh chimed in, “Yeah, congratulations, Mommy Toast.” Which is now what they say every time they give me unappreciated kid news.
And speaking of toast, it’s what’s for dinner. Here is my easy recipe for one of those days when you just want ’em fed & in bed with no passing go.
8 slices of bread
1/2 cup or more of plain tomato sauce
1 tsp pizza seasoning
4-6 oz mozzarella
toast the bread
mix tomato sauce and pizza seasoning
spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce on each slice of toasted bread
top with mozzarella
warm in oven or toaster oven until cheese is melted
top with more seasoning if desired
enjoy (the peace and quiet once those noisemakers are safely in bed)!