Funny kid story... FWOP!!!

@mentalward (14693)
United States
July 17, 2008 8:39am CST
My son, Josh, was a strange little guy when he was young. Once, when he was about 5 years old, he was in the bathroom. My bedroom was at the opposite end of the house and I was in it fixing my hair when I began to hear this strange "Fwop" sound coming from the bathroom. I kept hearing it... fwop... fwop... fwop. For the life of me, I couldn't place that sound! So, I looked into the bathroom from my bedroom and saw my son in there. He was throwing wads of soaking wet toilet paper up onto the ceiling! "Fwop!" I called him to come into my room, so he trotted down the hallway like a horse galloping. He stopped when he got to me, but continued to "gallop" in place, looking so serious! I had to burst out laughing! I wanted to scold him for the mess he was making in the bathroom, but simply couldn't! After the good laugh, we went into the bathroom together and I saw that he had wads of toilet paper all over the bathroom!!! Apparently, he was having a GRAND time! LOL I made him clean up those that he could reach while I attempted to get the ones off the ceiling and higher up on the walls. I tried so hard not to smile while we were doing it, but I completely understood the fun he was having! Have you ever had anything like this happen with your children? Something where you know you should scold them but ended up laughing?
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@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Glad you had a sense of humor about it. I don't think I would have. My daughter got a hold of a permanent marker once. And made an art project out of our bedroom carpet. We were not amused. It took hours to clean it up. We thought we were going to have to replace the carpet. It could have gotten expensive.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I'm pretty sure that, if my son had done that, I would have gotten angry and punished him. Permanent markers and wet toilet paper are two very different things! The problem with punishment is that you have to determine whether or not they did something they KNEW was wrong, or if they thought they were doing something good! Punishment is needed, of course, but the level of punishment, I believe, should correlate with the deed itself and their intentions. This same son of mine glued a paper bunny that he had made in school (about 12" tall) to our living room wall! He used an entire bottle of glue, too. It ran down the wall and pooled up on the floor. I asked him why he did it and he said "to make it pretty". That deed went unpunished because he thought he was doing something good. I just explained to him that he used too much glue and that we had to take the bunny down and wash off all the glue and then put it back up with less glue. I also explained that he should ask me first next time so I could "help" him with it. He was fine with that and had forgotten about putting it back up by the time we got all the glue off the wall and floor. LOL If he had used permanent marker on anything, though... he wouldn't have forgotten that for a long time! I'm glad you were able to salvage your carpet!
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
18 Jul 08
The doors in my house are stained but unsealed. Matt used chapstick on the back of several of the doors. You can still see it, 19 years later. The doors are due to be replaced. They are those cheap luan doors and I am going for 6 panel. It will be costly but worth it.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I wouldn't call this funny, but the 3 year old left me speechless. One evening I sent my son to wash up before going to bed and I said 'don't get all wet'. I thought this to be a rather straight forward statement. A few minutes later, he enters the room, his pajamas all wet. 'Matt, I told you not to get wet'. He said Mom, I am not wet, the water is wet, if you take away the water, I will be dry, but the water will still be wet'. Somewhere in that convoluted logic was logic. He was absolutely right. I could not yell at him. I could say nothing, other then go change your pajamas and make sure you don't get water on them.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
18 Jul 08
That is adorable! Such logic from a 3-year-old! It really is amazing how little we give them credit for! Maybe it's the name. My oldest son's name is Matt. When he was 2, almost 3, we were in the grocery store at the checkout line. He was standing beside me and started tapping me on my leg. "Mommy?" I asked him what he wanted. He was pointing a magazine and said, "Does that spell 'Redbook'?" I can't remember how long it took before I got my jaw off the floor! I had taught him letters because he was so eager to learn. He put them together, somehow, and came up with a word. I was floored!!! We always said that he was "born an old man" because he was a serious little fella who always had questions. My youngest, Josh, is so much like other Josh's we've met (Josh, Josh...Oh My Gosh). Maybe there really is something in a name!
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Wow, your Matt was reading very young. Mine did not read until his age had progressed quite a bit into the double digit field. He was smart but could not read. He had to repeat 4th grade to get above an early 1st grade reading level.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
18 Jul 08
You handled that a lot better than I would have. My son knows better than to ever do anything like that. He would have been cleaning it all up himself.
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
18 Jul 08
lol.... awww.... that is so cute!!!! there are a few times that my brothers are making so much noise and i ran out, thinking that they are fighting, but they were just playing!!! really cute!!! you did when you helped him to clean up... i think i will scream at them!!! lol...
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I was all set to be really angry with him, but he was acting so cute and innocent about it that I just couldn't get angry. I told him not to do it again because it takes hard work to clean it up afterwards. I think that making him help me clean it up (he was too young to get up on a ladder to reach the ceiling) helped him realize just what it took to clean it up and he didn't want to have to do that again. That's why he never did.