It is good to teach your children the importance of triage. Always give the most urgent information at the beginning of the conversation. For example…
“Mom, mom, mom,”(thump, thump, thump on my head this morning), “is it time to wake up yet?”
“No JD, go back to bed”
whine, whine, whine “but I want to get up”
“No, its too early. Go back to bed!”
“Pleeeeease can we get up?”
“NO JD! Stop asking. I said no.”
“But Annaliese is throwing uuuuuup.” whine, whine, whine
“Annaliese is throwing up?!” I jump out of bed, push the 4 yr old aside, hurdle the dog. Arriving in Annaliese’s room to see…yick. There it is. The classic bed throw up. Must be time to clean the house again.
“Thanks for waking me up JD. That was the right thing to do.”
Yippee!!! TV day!!!!