Parent fail. Again.

Why would you not want to go to the Arctic? It’s not scary at all.

Last night I had another major parent fail. I was reading my kid a bedtime story called Snow Bear. It’s about a polar bear and an Eskimo girl who whoop it up together on a huge iceberg-like-thing in the Arctic.

After the story, my kid says, “I don’t ever want to go to the Arctic.” I ask him why and he says because the animals there will eat him. And it’s super duper cold. It was at this point in the conversation that I made a very poor decision. I said:

“Well, too bad I booked that flight to the Arctic tomorrow for you. Oh well.”

Maybe not the best thing to say right before bed and when he’s been going through a killer round of separation anxiety over the past few days.

So for the next 20 minutes, this is what I hear: “I DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE ARCTIC!” Very loudly. With a bit of crying mixed in.

Sigh. I guess sometimes I’m not as hilarious as I think. Just terrifying.

  1. Amy

    October 16th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Personally, I find you hilarious. AND terrifying.

  2. Meredith

    October 16th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Why thank you. And BOO!

  3. Liane

    October 16th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I guess children are like Montanans… they don’t always recognize sarcasm. But, I think this is going to turn into an awesome family insider joke… “What? You don’t want to do your homework? Well, off the Arctic with you!” Someday…

  4. Meredith

    October 17th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’ll start the inside joke tonight! Too soon?

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