Passionate About the Coastal Bend
and the Moms Who Live Here

My Kids are Annoying

I became a parent rather late in life.  I was 35 years old when #1 was born.  Like many childless adults, I was often annoyed by:

  • Screaming babies in church
  • Crying kids at HEB,
  • Tweens’ chattering during movies
  • High schoolers skateboarding in a parking lot

Then I had kids.  With age and experience, I’m not annoyed as often.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s apathy or if it’s wisdom?

My boys are good boys.  They are kind, intelligent, loving and handsome.  They are everything I ever wanted and many things I didn’t know I wanted.

But they are gross.

Last night, #3 tooted at the dinner table.  Apparently, this was so funny that #1 laughed milk through his nose and #2 fell off his chair.

I should be more annoyed than I am.

My boys are kind.  They have lots of friends. They call their grandparents.  They volunteer.

But they are silly.

They laugh at the word “butt.”  They laugh at the word “butte.” They even – sometimes – laugh at the words “butler”, “butter” and “buttress.”  If I said “The butler carried the butter past the buttress on the butte,” they would laugh for 10 minutes.

I should be more annoyed than I am.

My boys work hard.  They get straight A’s.  They are altar servers.  They are Scouts.

But they are messy.

Their beds are always unmade, their clothes are always on the floor.  Plates, cups and utensils are left all over the house.  Don’t even get me started on the bathroom.

I should be more annoyed than I am.

My boys are polite.  They hold doors for people. They say “please” and “thank you”.

But they have no style.

When they aren’t wearing a school uniform, they are wearing boxers — nothing else.  I have to tell them to wear a shirt to the dinner table.  Every. Single. Night.  We’re too busy to make haircuts a priority so most of the time they look like the Beatles circa 1969.

I should be more annoyed than I am.

I should be more annoyed… because other people MUST be annoyed when my boys are gross, silly, messy & sloppy.  Except it seems they are only gross, silly, messy & sloppy for me.

That’s annoying.


, , , ,

7 Responses to My Kids are Annoying

  1. Claudia Ayala June 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm #


  2. Dr. M. Gleason June 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm #

    Delightful! All those things, gross, silly etc are fun that is funny. Love em.

  3. Theresa June 4, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    And you’ll miss all of those gross, silly, messy things when they’ve grown up!!

  4. Lamar June 4, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    This was great! So true, and as they get older they’ll start throwing in a little cologne here and there.

    • Mary A
      Mary A June 4, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Uh oh. I don’t think I’m ready for that.

  5. Shirley June 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Too funny!

  6. Natalie June 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    Great read! And every word of it is true(for my family)