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Monday, May 28, 2012

Fresh Spin

Miss2 was patting her big sister today. Or so she was insisting as she followed Miss5 around saying, "Pat! Pat! Pat!" every time she whacked her with a bat.

Being able to get your point of view across and communicate your opinion is important. Our oldest was a bit of a wiz at public speaking at school, and even now it serves him well - he's somehow managed to talk his way into a relationship with a beautiful young lady we're very fond of. Master20 says whenever they go out in Brisbane some bloke will inevitably look at her and then size him up and say, "She's with you? How the hell did that happen?"

Spin is something parents do all the time: "If you eat your crusts you'll have curly hair." Mind you, this only works if your kids actually want curly hair. Similarly, "Eat carrots so you can see in the dark," has limited power.

Not that we have much trouble getting our mob to eat: it's harder keeping them out of the fridge. But sometimes they take offence to something on their plate. I will point out when this happens I've found, "Shut your mouth and eat your food" just causes confusion - tends to end up with kids (lead by Tracey) trying to shove spoonfuls of food through pursed lips and ending up with food all over their faces.

Or maybe if they don't finish their dinner I should just reach for Miss2's bat to 'pat' their bums. 

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Bruce Devereaux is one of the nicest people he knows. When not at work he enjoys reading, writing, hiding from his children and not changing nappies.


His career, and if we used the term any more loosely an e might fall out, has included a gardener, a personal lender, a console operator, a stop/go man (not as big a bludge as you might think but great if you’re into sunburn, abuse and varicose veins), a cleaner of banks and pubs and, for a very brief period, a door to door salesman (until the last door he knocked on was answered by a very scary woman with tremendously hairy legs).


Bruce Devereaux currently works as a forty-five-year-old award winning customer service officer (glass statuette available upon request) for the Bank of Queensland and as a very casual employee for Corrective Services. He likes to believe he excels at both but then he has always been prone to exaggeration.


His favourite colour is green, with a picture of Dame Nellie Melba on one side and General Sir John Monash on the other. His favourite flower is self-raising.

 If you see him around town, call his wife immediately - he's probably snuck out and left her alone with all the kids.


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