Wanna Play the Shadow Game?

by Kristen King

They were running down the wide aisle of Target between home goods and groceries, screaming like banshees, when I turned to Jesse and said, “I don’t know why they’re so crazy today! I didn’t even give them cocaine.” (Note: I do not ever give my children illegal drugs. Please don’t call DCF.)

“SHHHHH,” he hissed at me. “Don’t say shit like that! They repeat everything!”

I cringed. He’s right. Which Emmett promptly demonstrated by screeching, “I REPEAT EVERYTHING! I’M A REPEATERRRRRRRRRR!” as he veered into the canned vegetable aisle.

These are not my kids. I wish mine were still small enough to strap into the cart. I wonder if shrink rays will be on Cartwheel next week... Photo credit: Surlygirl via CC.

These are not my kids. I wish mine were still small enough to strap into the cart. I wonder if shrink rays will be on Cartwheel next week… Photo credit: Surlygirl.

Which of course led to a conversation about how you can’t go where Mommy and Daddy can’t see you when we’re out places because someone could steal you. Which prompted the woman who overheard us from the other side of the store (not joking) to come over and chime in with some grandmotherly commentary (that I didn’t particularly want) to the children about how someone could steal them or us if they wander away from us, so stay with Mommy and Daddy.

So basically it was like every trip to Target with the kids where I go in with a specific list of things but it quickly gets so crazy that I fill my basket with random impulse buys and get home without actually purchasing anything I went there for in the first place. You know how it goes.

Later that day, I said something I can’t remember to Emmett (he was about an inch away from my face while I was peeing, so I think I have a good excuse for not remembering what exactly I said), to which he replied, “You shouldn’t say that because I’m a repeater and I repeat things.”

“What do you repeat?” I asked. I was still on the toilet, FYI, because he was blocking the toilet paper.

“What do you repeat?” he said.

“Do you repeat things?” I asked, praying that what I thought was happening was not actually happening.

“Do you repeat things?” he responded.


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Kristen King (aka, Mommy-in-Training) is a red-headed, glasses-wearing, wine-drinking, perpetually undercaffeinated twin mom who lives at 10,200 feet in Leadville Colorado, and founder of AmateurParenting.com. She and her husband, Jesse (aka, Daddy-in-Training) have fraternal boys born in December 2011, two dogs, and two cats. They are both endurance athletes. She works full-time from home in virtual training, and he drives the local school bus. Learn more and meet the rest of the AmateurParenting.com team on our About page.

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1 James Dabbagian March 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

I got an easy fix for this. Next time they pull the repeat game, take a book, the more complex the vocabulary the better, and read from it. Enjoy as they try to keep up and fail miserably.


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