Rowdy. You Don’t Say.

| January 23, 2018 | 4 Comments

I’m not a fan of those “open letter” posts, where the person does nothing in the moment, but then goes home and rants online like they’re all tough and making a difference. But if I were the type to write an open letter-style post, it might be titled something like this: AN OPEN LETTER TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO GET THE KIDS ALL WOUND UP AND THEN WONDER WHY THEY’RE SO ROWDY!

Before we visit people or have guests over, we often have a chat with the kids about what it means to be a good guest or a good host, and the kids are all set to rise to the occasion. 

But then the evening starts. 

It’s great when family and friends take interest in the kids and take time to connect with them. I love that, and so do the kids.

Sometimes there’s extreme connecting, in ways they know kids will enjoy: goofy jokes, wrestling, tickle fights, flips over the shoulder and all-around rowdies. Good times had by all, no arguments there. Shrieking good times. 


Rowdy. You Don't Say.

A man and two boys playing and laughing.

DISCLAIMER: Cartoon does not depict real-life friend or family member. The kids are more or less real though.


But then! Then the family member or friend decides he or she has had enough for now and is ready to settle in interact with adults.  


Rowdy. You Don't Say.

Cartoon of a man sitting on a chair


But the kids don’t get that memo. They’re SENT the memo, several memos, in fact, but they’re so worked up by the attention, the new audience, the new person to find their antics funny, that they’re not quite done with shenanigans.


Cartoon of boys having fun.


That includes jokes that were funny half an hour ago, especially wink-wink ones that are out of the normal range of appropriateness. I hope you’re ready to hear that fart machine until well past 7 if you bring it out for some giggles at 5, because jokes don’t get old for kids. On the contrary! 


Rowdy. You Don't Say.


So here I am, wrangling them like greased pigs to send them out in the yard to do some laps because the adults would like to have time to talk about something other than butts for a while.

Rowdy. You Don't Say.

Cartoon of woman having two boys in her arms.



And THEN I come back in all dishevelled and the aforementioned friend or family member is swirling their wine and remarking:


Rowdy. You Don't Say.

Cartoon of man sitting on a chair with a glass of red wine.

NEED I REMIND YOU, I’d say in all caps in my open letter, that you are the one who got them all wound up and rowdy, and then retired to the living room to let me peel them off the ceiling at my leisure!
I mean, all I’m saying is, thanks for being so fun, but if you’re going to be a human rodeo, don’t make sideways ‘kids these days” eyes at me ten minutes later while you’re trying to drink your wine in peace.   
Cartoon-Coloured Glasses

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Category: Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Calvin says:

    So true, definitely resonates with many families

  2. Kristi says:

    This really is the case. It’s easier to get kids riled up than settled down.

  3. Jonnie says:

    This is so, so true! Especially the joke part. Kids love to keep a joke going well past the point of it being old.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love this and the cartoons too and so very true.

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