When your two oldest kids are off talking to one another
be afraid. Because chances are the older of the two is talking the younger into doing something that she knows she doesn’t want to do so she’s making him do it for her.
And when your oldest boy comes running towards you shouting, “MOM! MOM! MOM!”
be afraid. Because chances are he’s going to tell you that him and his sister caught a frog.
But his little face will be so excited that all you can do is smile and tell him, “That’s awesome!” And when you say “That’s awesome,” be afraid. Because chances are he’s going to ask to keep that little frog as a pet. And you really, really, have no desire to have a frog as a pet.
So you have to tell him that no, no, we can’t keep the frog as a pet. And he’ll be sad and he’ll go break the news to his sister. And she’ll be sad. And when both your older kids are sad, be afraid. Because chances are they’re going to ask you for something to make them not sad. And you never know what that something will be. But chances are it’ll cost money and a trip to the store.
*NOTE* Nope no frogs were harmed. Their daddy explained, very nicely, that frogs have to be able to breathe and in the current living place, he could not. So he convinced them to let him go. Mr. Froggy hopped away to live another day.