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Tanya~AKA~Comic Strip Mama! is a winner of Top 25 Funny Moms - 2013
What's the funniest thing your child has ever done or said?
I could write an entire book about the hilarious things my 3 children have said and done throughout my 21 years of Mamahood! One of the most recent funniest moments was when my 9 year old daughter, Lexie, innocently asked me, “Mama? Do monkeys have tails?”.
So after some deep thought and trying to visualize swinging monkeys in my head, I determined that I truthfully did not know the answer! So, I said, “Just Google IT!” “Just go on the computer, go to Google and type in ‘do monkeys have tails’ and click ‘images’. Then you can see pictures of monkeys and you will know for sure if they have tails!” - Brilliant solution, right?! Ya! Not so much!
So, Lexie grabs the laptop, plants herself down on the couch and googles ‘Do monkeys have tails’ and I go about my business.
“OH MY GOSHHHH!! MOM!! THAT is NOT a TAIL!!” She exclaimed in disgust! “THAT is his "JINGLES!!” She said with a look of horror on her face.
“JINGLES??? What do you mean by ‘Jingles’." I shouted. All I could see is her eyes peeking just above the laptop screen as she was still clearly looking at these images in disgust.
She puts the laptop on the couch beside her, looks at me and says, “You know.... ‘JINGLES’!!!" She says as she cups both her hands as if she is holding two balls.
Her brother starts laughing hysterically...ugh!
“WHAT?! WHAT are you talking about?!?” I say as I leap over to the couch and swipe the laptop. WELL! First, I notice the very first image - A bare human butt with a tail! WTH?! THEN, the image directly beneath that is a monkey or an ape butt with a big gianormous prominent pair of “jingles” hanging low! OH Good G! What have I done?! I think to myself. By this time Lexie is laughing with her brother while I ponder about how I have scarred my daughter for life and how I should have NEVER trusted that something so innocent as ‘do monkeys have tails’ should be Googled by a nine year old without parental supervision. And by parental supervision, I mean googling it myself to make sure it was 9 year old friendly. Lesson learned!
Later Lexie told me that it was ok that she saw those jingles because they were on an animal and you can see dog jingles all the time. She was trying to make me feel better. "Well, I guess animals don’t wear underwear do they?!" I said and laughed out loud.
So now, around here, “JINGLES” is our new term for the said part of the male anatomy! Everyone should call them "jingles"! =)
What always makes you laugh?
Many things about life and parenthood make me laugh! However, I would have to say that "out of the mouths' of babes" moments always make me laugh out loud and I love hearing them and reading about them!
What's the funniest gift you've ever received?
When my loverman and I were "dating" and not living together, I planned a surprise birthday for him and I gave him some foil helium balloons as part of his gift. My birthday is 14 days after his. So on my birthday, I was waiting for loverman to pick me up and take me to my own birthday celebration. When he arrived, I answered the door and he shouted "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and handed me the half-floating, half-inflated helium balloons I bought for his birthday and a card! Then he gave me a big hug! So I looked at him, looked at the balloons and looked at him again. I laughed out loud and said, "BUT, I gave you these balloons at YOUR birthday!" He laughed and laughed and laughed and said, "I know! But they still kinda float and I didn't want to waste them!" So we both laughed and laughed and it's a story that I tell and laugh about often! The card he gave me did have a wonderful gift certificate in it, but the re-gifted balloons were by far the funniest "gift" I have ever received! Just proved to me how perfect we are for each other! ;)
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What are signs that a child isn't being challenged enough in school?
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In high school, one sign that you teen is not being challenged is skipping class! In grade 10 my son skipped one of his classes a few times. I got a call from his teacher and I immediately called a meeting with the teacher, the VP and my son.
After my son was confronted and we had a really great discussion at our meeting about his education and his future, we learned that he simply wasn't being challenged and therefore was not interested in participating in that class. From that day forward, they changed things up a bit for him to ensure that he could successfully earn the credit. He completed grade 10 with an 80% average, he completed grade 11 with a 90% average and he is well on his way to graduating next year! It turned out that all he really needed was to know he could communicate with the school staff and they would work with him.
Sometimes teenagers will not use their voices... they act instead. That is when it is very important that we as parents pay attention to the red flags, get involved and find out what the issues are instead of just getting angry or simply ignoring the problem. He hated that I got that involved at first, but he thanked me later! ;)