Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dear Grown Up Jordan,

Dear Grown Up Jordan,

Right now you are 14.
You are funny,
you are bright,
and you are way taller than me.
You make this house a fun place to be.


You also make it noisy.

You particularly, of late, seem to enjoy wrestling excessively with your younger brothers

Let's see...
how shall I say this nicely...
this isn't working for me.

I know you think I'm a big kill joy when I ask you to stop hanging your brothers by their ankles and pretending you are going to drop them down the stairs at 8pm.
I know you don't realize that this causes huge rushes of adrenaline to course through their veins.
I know you don't know this instinctively activates their fight or flight response. 
I know they enjoy this.
I know you enjoy this.
However none of this is conducive to me trying to get 5 little boys to bed.


Help me Jordan.

I know I probably sound like a grumpy ole woman who won't let anyone have any fun at that time of day but dude...
your killin me.

So this is my letter to you.
I hope you'll read it one day when you too are in your mid-30's surrounded by children who won't go to sleep.
And then I hope you'll call me...
and tell me I was right.

I'm here bud,
patiently waiting by the phone.

All my love,


  1. Oh Sonia.
    My 23 year old still does this with his little brothers.
    I feel your pain. Only my oldest doesn't live here full time. Thank God.
    I, too, will sit by the phone waiting for the call where he will say, "You were right, Mom".
    Hang in there. Even if it's by your ankles.
    Love you!

  2. Oh least your hubby isn't the culprit- ahem. Not that I would know about that or anything?

  3. I feel your pain. Did you ever wonder why very few teenage boys are babysitters? I I know why ;) Their idea of "watching" young children is whipping them into a frenzy and then "watching" what happens! My 15 year old is really talented in this department! We have a church small group at our house each week and my 6 year old daughter is way better at crowd control than he is. This is why when I do leave them (for short periods,) I leave the dog and the 6 year old in charge. They keep the teen and tween in line! sheri

    1. THis is so funny! I get strange looks when I say that the 10 year old (girl) is in charge, the 13 year old (boy) is jsut there to carry one out of the house in an emergency!!

  4. DANG...kill joy. No gluesticks for you!!

    Funny, that same thing happens at my house, but it is my hubby. Help me rhonda.

  5. Perhaps I should change the name from "Jordan" to "Darrell." But you're Jordy is very bright and darn funny:-)

  6. Blaaa haaaaaa sounds like my Thomas , age 13. I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

  7. I was sitting here on the verge of tears from a CRAZY day with my four fellas (I love them dearly-but sometimes-holy cow!) and read this and laughed! Needed that today! Thank you for keeping it real! It brought a smile to my face. I'm not the only one! Hallelujah!

  8. My nine year old son must be a teen in training. He gets his two year old brother all stirred up Right.At.Bedtime too!!!

  9. You.Crack.Me.Up! Seriously, I am rolling.