How to Annoy an 8-Year-Old

close up of child with hands on face in frustration

Having a little fun today…one of the great rewards of parenting is being ever so slightly irritating. Heh. Or maybe that’s just my twisted sense of humor.

1. When they go into a bathroom shout, “Hit the water!!!”
2. Let their older siblings stay home while they have to accompany you to the store
3. Make them do their chores
4. Insist they wear clean clothes
5. Make them eat their vegetables
6. Stick to a regular bedtime
7. Suggest they mind their manners.

What would you add to the list?

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who like to tease their children.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • John Hunter June 9, 2011, 7:03 am

    Ignore them. Mom, look. Mom, look. Mom, look! Mom, look!
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    • Amy LeForge June 16, 2011, 12:07 am

      Oh man, how would you ignore that? If I don’t respond fast enough they just up the ante. Captain Earthquake once put his hands on either side of my face and turned my head so I’d look his way. He was so sweet about it that I laughed, but it sure did give him what he wanted: attention!

  • Crissy June 21, 2011, 11:04 am

    Tell them to do it themselves such as get your own snack for the cabinet or fridge, and my favorite one is find your own toy since you put it away.