Announcing a new Altoid flavor*

(*may cause side effects, including loss of freedom)

Being a mom of six little children in this day and age makes me a little paranoid about going out in public. In this climate where one’s kids can be taken for some anonymous stranger-perceived “neglect” I try to make sure my kids don’t look “neglected.” This can be hard to accomplish with a son who refuses to wear long pants or long sleeved shirts in the dead of winter, or a two year old who insists on dressing herself (which means pj bottoms, a dress and a backwards shirt to top it off). Not to mention that no matter how long it’s been since our last meal, someone’s got a carrot moustache or something sticky in her hair.

One particular morning I had to run down to the county office to take care of something, bringing all the kids with me. I emphasized the importance of cleanliness and order, commanded that The Boy put on weather-appropriate clothing, and explained that I did not want people to think that my family wasn’t taken care of, especially when we are going to a government office.

Once there, I bribed engaged cooperation during the wait by promising a peppermint candy after each 5 minutes of sitting still. They went along with the game and received their reward, and halfway through the second five minutes my two year old piped up, “Mommy, I want another govern-mint.”

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4 Responses to Announcing a new Altoid flavor*

  1. sarah mosley says:

    peppermint?! seriously? couldn’t you just give them basil, or cardamom or fennel to chew on? or maybe just promised them that if they were good you’d let them brush their teeth when you got home? peppermint! i am speechless.

    • I think you may be missing the point. It was a bribe, not a breath improvement attempt that was failing miserably because I refused to stop feeding my children things that cause halitosis.

  2. Sara Hightower says:

    love those type of mints 😉
    I like your new blog too!

  3. Esther says:

    Sarah, I love your new blog! This story rings true for me too. We’ve been out somewhere and I’ll glance around at my children and realize that we are looking the part of homeschoolers a little too well. Oh well, perhaps part of life is, as Mr Bennett says in Pride & Prejudice, “to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”

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