One of Those “B” Words

posted by Momo Fali on May 2, 2012

A few days ago, my husband, the kids and I were watching an MSNBC show called, “My Kid Would Never Do That.” The show has hidden cameras and tempts kids with things like a stranger who pulls up in an ice cream truck and offers them a Drumstick and a tour of the ice cream truck. I’m 40 and I would probably still fall for that.

The episode we were watching was focused on peer pressure and cheating on a test. There was a group of kids, with two actors planted among them, who kept urging the non-actors to look up answers on smartphones or, conveniently, on the answer sheet which was attached to the test. I’m 40 and I would probably…oh, you get the picture.

As any parents would, we used this as an opportunity to discuss honesty with our kids. I asked my nine year old what he would do in the same situation. He said, “I would look around for cameras and if I saw them, then I wouldn’t cheat.”

I appreciated his honesty, but this wasn’t the answer I was going for.

We spent some time discussing right and wrong and why it’s important to never lie. I explained that once someone lies to you, you have a hard time ever trusting them again.

Apparently, he got it.

This morning he was singing to me. That’s right, he occasionally breaks into song. Sometimes it’s Broadway, sometimes it’s Busta Rhymes. Same difference. So, this morning he was singing, “You are the most beautiful mom! Yes, you are the most beautiful mom!”

Then he suddenly stopped and said, “Oh, wait” and when he continued serenading me, he had new lyrics.

As he held his hands against his heart to show me that he meant it sincerely, he said, “I should have sang, you are the best mom! Yes, you are the best mom.”


  • muffintopmommy

    Oh….sweet child. I laughed out loud for reals. That is funny!

  • Tara R.

    Oh, my heart just melted. Such a sweet son.

  • Melisa

    Wait, did he drink a ton of lemonade before singing that first song?

  • Angella

    Oh, he cracks me up.

    (I’m just catching up. So sorry about your loss, lovely lady. 🙂 )

  • meleah rebeccah

    he is too cute for his own good!

  • AlisonH

    *Laughing*… He’s right; you ARE the best.

  • AliciaC

    And after reading this I wondered if I really COULD get a tour of an ice cream truck. Just to look at ALL the ice cream….

  • Missy

    Yes! When my little man hugs me and sings the “Mama I luv ya” song, it sounds like the best song ever, to me. Those are the best kind of “b” words!

  • wifemothereventplanner

    Too funny! I always say that “mom” is the go-to word in our house. It stands for I’m-hungry-I’m-late-I’m-tired-I’m-upset-I-want-I want!!
    I’ve tried to teach them the “dad” word but it won’t f’ing stick!!

  • Gina

    Once again, a show I have never heard of. 🙂 Interesting take. My kid is not old enough to do some of those things yet, but daddy was a little mischeif maker, so I am not doubting what is coming my way.

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