Just Say No To….


Yesterday morning Emma asked if she could try one of my mints.

“But you don’t like mints,” I reminded her.

“I’ll like them this time!” she said, bouncing on her toes.

I was skeptical, but curious, so I handed one over.  Emma immediately popped the mint into her mouth and began crunching away with a sort of blind enthusiasm that I suspected she might later regret.  Within seconds her eyes began to water, and she dropped to the floor, clawing wildly at her tongue.

“I don’t like it!” she shrieked.  “Something is happening to my mouth!!”  Drool, spit and chunks of mint pooled on the floor in front of her.  She began to shiver.

“I’m cold,” she said, hugging her knees, eyes wide with regret.

“And that is why we say NO to mints, or to anything that LOOKS like a mint!” I announced triumphantly.

I am totally winning at parenting.

35 thoughts on “Just Say No To….

  1. My daughter calls these my tablets, she once got some out of my handbag and ate them. I’m not going to lie, I was on edge all day waiting for her to get a ‘runny tummy’ from the sweeteners.

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  2. And speaking of Easter (lol) and aversion therapy, when my oldest was two he loved jelly beans. Here in the US there scads of jelly beans at Easter. He kept popping them and I told him he was going to be sick from eating them. Why didn’t I just make him hand over the basket, you might ask. Not this time. In leiu of a tantrum, I let him eat. And eat. Shortly after, he looked at me and uttered, “Mom” as a rainbow colored waterfall flooded down his chest. First step in having faith in Mom’s wisdom. I don’t thunk he cares much for jelly beans these days….


  3. Tell Emma I am the same way with beer. I hate it. I KNOW I hate it. Yet almost every time my son has some kind of exotic beer I insist I want to taste it. I end up on the floor clawing at my tongue, eyes watering, and sure I see dead relatives beckoning me. Some of us just can’t give up.

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