Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Busted by a Five Year Old

I cannot be the only one…who has told their child something in the safe confines of their home, to only hear that comment repeated back to them by another child at the elementary school playground, leaving you wondering what else your child blabbers about while not in your care.

One of Sonny Boy’s little girly friends asked me an interesting question as we were walking to the classroom the other day, “Are Lunchables filled with junk?” At first I had no clue what this darling kindergartner was referring to, that is until she clarified with the type of sentence that no Mama really wants to hear, “Sonny Boy said that you told him that Lunchables are just junk food and that’s what Sally brings to school everyday.”

I looked at the other mother who had been keeping step with this conversation and couldn’t help laughing, I had been busted by a five year old.  That little rascal, Sonny Boy, had been touting my lunch packing inexpert opinion to the rest of his friends at lunch, most likely alienating some children and apparently rousing questions in others, and now I was the one being looked to in hopes of verification or explanation.  Thanks, Sonny Boy.

I flashed back to a supermarket trip, attempting to quicken the pace in order to get out of the refrigerated section before a scarf becomes necessary, and Sonny Boy begging for something.  I didn’t look to what that “something” was, but responded with, “I am not buying any junk food today,” realizing now that is was in fact a Lunchable.

I made the quick excuse that everyone is allowed to do what they like in their family, in my family I don’t pack Lunchables, but in Sally’s family they do, and that’s their choice. Of course, by the time I got to this “it takes all kinds to make the world go round” speech, the little girl had run off, leaving me in the playground dust with my Ugg boot shoved firmly into my mouth.

Lesson learned, don’t talk about ANYTHING in front of your child, because it can and will be used as ammo against you at a later time.

Maybe a little lunch inspiration?


  1. Hi! I found your post on the SITS Sharefest and enjoyed reading it. My daughter is getting to that age when I have to be careful. Just the other day she ratted me out to my husband about a Hershey bar I scarfed down in the car on the way back from the grocery store...

  2. Haha! Isn't anything sacred anymore?

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. Ugh, kids...they'll get you every time! Mine are older now (15 & 12) but because of instances like the one you describe here, whenever I say something that I know they might repeat I offer my caveat: "This doesn't leave the house." I'm happy to say they finally get it. ;o)

    1. Oh no...I've got years of self-editing ahead (the Sonny Boy is only 6). My go to is always, "There are somethings that are for our ears only," needless to say my son has yet to learn the beauty of discretion.

      Thanks for stopping by!