Thursday, August 9, 2012
Joey: Knock, knock.
Judy: Who's there?
Joey: Interrupting Cow.
Judy: Interrupting Co-
My chlidren have a very annoying habit of interrupting everyone else in the house. One kid starts to talk and another, sensing that Mom's attention has been given to another person, runs from the other end of the house to tell their information that is ohsoimportantitjustcantwait, totally interrupting their brother/sister/father. We have tried being polite, "You must wait, you're interrupting," but that hasn't really helped.
This past weekend, when we were all in the car, my dear husband was talking to me. My oldest son, my worst offender, started interrupting. Because I am incredibly mature completely the exchange went like this:
B1: Mom, I was thinking about-
B1: Mom, I was-
Mom: MOOO, B1!
He stopped talking. The car cracked up. I finished my conversation and turned to B1 and said, "Do you know why I was moo-ing at you?"
"Because I was interrupting," the 11.5 year old replied.
This has been working well for us so far. If someone is interrupting now, we just turn and moo at them and continue the conversation. No one's feelings get hurt because it's funny, and the interrupting child knows that they are next in line.
Think of the applications for this:
Child who tries to talk to me through a closed bathroom door: MOO!
Telemarketer calls during dinner: MOO! *click*
Call waiting beeps: MOO!
The possibilities are nearly endless.
Attorney 1: Your honor, I object-
Attorney 2: MOO!
Who would you "MOO!" at and why?