Guest Post – Get Rid of the Cereal

Today, I have guest post from Betsy of Parenting is Funny (parentingisfunny).  I’ve been following Betsy’s blog for a while now. The posts always make me smile as they focus on short funny scenes that any parent can relate to.

Betsy has three beautiful and inadvertently entertaining daughters, now aged eight, five, and three. Unable to keep their antics, and those of her friends’ children, to herself, she began the parentingisfunny blog almost two years ago. In addition to poorly keeping up with her blog, Betsy homeschools her two oldest children and works part-time from home writing weekly e-newsletters and managing a blog for a non-profit organization. Having always wanted to be a book editor when she grew up, Betsy is currently contented starting novels and children’s stories that may or may not ever get finished. She also has a book titled “101 Tips for a Happier Marriage” due out at the end of October.

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“No, you cannot open a new box of cereal until you finish some of the plethora of nearly finished cereal boxes we already have,” I told my six and four-year-old girls.  They agreed and began eating some of the old cereal without complaint. So, I walked away to get some work done.

After a while I noticed that it had gotten rather quiet in the kitchen. Too quiet.

When I went in to investigate, the girls were still eating their cereal, as quickly as they could, but the oldest had also made additions to her baby sister’s food. The 19-month-old’s high chair tray was littered with three different types of cereal, as was her lap, her hair, and the floor all around her.

Apparently trying to enlist the baby’s help, my oldest daughter had poured a small mound of different cereals in front of her. The plan was effective only in that I had to sweep most of it off the floor, and when I lifted the baby from her high chair, a deluge of Rice Krispies rained down once more.

I made the oldest help clean up. And no, the new box of cereal was not opened.

P.S. Go to Betsy’s web site to check out a guest post I did for her. I promise you will laugh.

17 thoughts on “Guest Post – Get Rid of the Cereal

  1. I can relate – but not from a kid standpoint – even as an adult, it is so hard to eat the last of the cereal when a new box is calling my name!

    • You are funny!
      Now, I will admit something. I sometimes have a big bowl in order to finish a box if there is another one I want to try.

  2. I still remember my punk big brother, 7 years older coming to me and asking if I wanted a bowl of cereal. He would “get it for me.” Curious, I got up and went to the kitchen with him. Then I watched as he poured the pithy, crumbly remains of one Corn Flakes box, with a dash of fresh flakes from a new box to fill the bowl, and hand it to me. Then he poured himself a bowl of the fresh flakes. I was mad but there was nothing I could do or say for fear of his reprisal. The jerk was cunning, I’ll give him that much.

    • For us, it was all about the prizes. You know how they were at the bottom of the bowl. Well, we didn’t have the patience to wait, but instead dug our hand all the way down to get it.

  3. I’m a sucker for Lucky Charms. If I know the Shreddies have to be done before I can crack the Lucky Charms, I am not a happy camper.

  4. ha!ha! 🙂 I can relate to this story, I did the same thing when I was a kid with my brothers and unfortunately I still do it today! 🙂

    • You do it today? With who?
      Btw, I am a youngest sibling and I always side with them against the older siblings.

  5. just checked your guest post Larry! 🙂 good one, I read it to hubby too, very funny! 🙂
    wish you a great weekend!

  6. We typically use the last of a box as an on-the-go snack. Throw it in a little zippy bag, gives Doodle a sugary yet *kind of* healthy snack while we’re on the go, and no more half-bowls of cereal left at the bottom of a zillion boxes. 🙂 How funny, though – kids and their logic.

    • Turn the cereal into a snack – make it special. That’s cool. Do they still have prizes in kid’s cereals? That is where my desire came in to get to the bottom.

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