“A” Major Blunder

posted by Momo Fali on January 30, 2012

My 13 year old daughter is wicked smart. I know that sounds conceited, because it is.

I never have to tell her to study or do her homework, she just does it. She reads so much (12 books so far this month) that I sometimes have to tell her to stop. She makes the parent/student relationship very, very easy.

As I’ve always said, if her brother hadn’t been born, I would think I was the best parent on the face of the earth. Thank goodness he came along to set me straight. And, oh boy, did he ever. I found out that my daughter isn’t intelligent from anything I’ve done, just as I can’t be held responsible for my son’s wrong answers.

I make mistakes just like any other mother, but this latest misstep of mine was quite a doozy. *head desk*

I told the super-smart, natural-braniac daughter of mine that she could get a hamster if she got straight A’s for the entire school year. We’re halfway through…

I have never wished so hard for a “B”.


  • Melisa

    What I want to know is, what do they learn in “Social Stud”? My mind is coming up with all KINDS of things. You Columbus folks…

    And yeah, that was a major error. You must have been sleeping when you made that promise. 🙂

    • Momo Fali

      They learn about big, beefy guys. Or, Eastern Civilization. One of the two.

      • Colleen

        I just want to butt in and say, “Heh…SOCIAL STUD!!!!”

  • Jessica

    Cute. At least hamsters are small.

  • Tara R.

    Be glad you didn’t promise her a pony.

    I was wondering about the Social Stud too. Not so sure I’d be happy about As in the class.

  • Deb

    I promised my son a cat if he stopped pooping in his underwear. I was at my wit’s end. So you’re smarter than I am. Hamsters don’t live long. Cats live fooooreeeever.

  • Amie

    Get her one of those zhuzhu pet things. When she complains, tell her you never specified it would be a LIVE hamster. Teachable moment: one should make sure one gets all the facts before one agrees to something.

  • Noel Maria

    Oh No!! I mean congratulations to your daughter. WOW! I hate it when that happens. Those brainiac children sure do know how to get what they want.

  • meleah rebeccah

    Yep. You’re definitely getting a hamster!

  • Lisa Daly

    And one of my after school care students went home early yesterday because his hamster escaped its cage and they had to find it! Good luck, I will be much more cautious about what I promise based on this one!

  • Rhea

    A hamster is way better than a snake. Or a spider.

    We’ve now had rabbits. And frogs.


  • AlisonH

    Make sure she knows she has to clean the cage herself once a week.

  • Ally

    I hate it when that happens! Good thing you didn’t say “pony”, huh?

  • Ann in NJ

    Hamsters don’t live very long, and as long as she cleans the cage, are pretty low maintanence. And you know, the effect of all “A”s is going to last longer than the hamster. Just sayin’.

  • LisaAR

    I had my hamster phase when I was a kid…it’s worth it. And if your girl is as responsible as she sounds, it’s not so bad. (I got my hamsters when I was in the hospital and asked my dad for them…”You can have anything you want, baby…” and so I did. I’ve always kicked myself for not asking for a pony!)

  • MommyTime

    Honestly, I would say a MAJOR blunder would be if you’d promised a *pony* for that accomplishment. A hamster, on the other hand, is relatively little work and doesn’t eat much. Of course, you have to get over the whole rodent thing. But, if you just remind yourself a lot that at least it isn’t a horse or a boa constrictor, you’ll probably get through it. 🙂 Good luck.

  • UP

    You should name the hamster Einstein. And I hope you enjoy having a pet.

    And, I’d be more worried about that “Social Stud” thing than anything else! Kids grow UP so fast these days!


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