April 7, 2009

Parenting, Stones Style

Mia: But Moooommmmmy, I don't want to eat any riiiiice.
Beth: Mia, I'm a little tired of hearing the whining.
Mia: But Mooooom. I want something else.
Beth: Well, Mia, you can't always get what you want.
Chris: But if you try sometime...
Beth: ...you find you get what you need.

Posted by Chris at April 7, 2009 7:31 PM

Oh, I can't tell you how many times I've sung that song to my preschoolers back in my teaching days. Yup, it used to piss them off. And oh yeah, I kinda took a teeny ounce of pleasure in that. Just a tiny little bit, of course.

Posted by: morninglightmama at April 7, 2009 8:45 PM

My very first memories involving anger surrounded my parents spouting that crap at me! I later liked the song. And even later still got it. And later still chanted it to my kids (can't rightfully say "sang").

Cycle of life, baby...

Posted by: harmzie at April 7, 2009 10:17 PM

We had this conversation over English homework.

Posted by: Nat at April 7, 2009 10:24 PM

It's never too early to start teaching the classics.

Posted by: k8 at April 8, 2009 12:20 AM

Pure win. :)

Posted by: Hannah at April 8, 2009 5:50 AM

Love it! Here are some other nuggets I've used on my kids:

"This isn't Burger King. You can't get it your way."

"Honey, if you're going to be dumb, you'd better be tough" (said after flinging themselves into the air from swing/slide/stairs/etc etc etc)

"This is not a democracy. This is a benevolent dictatorship, and we are in charge."

"You may be the princess, but I am still the Queen."

I love parenting!! lol

Posted by: varinia at April 8, 2009 8:57 AM

Love it!!

Posted by: Kris at April 8, 2009 9:24 AM

haaaa! My kids have heard this many times. Funny how their mother saying it to them and making them listen to the song a few times stops the phrase "I want _____" from coming out of their little mouths.

Posted by: Susan at April 8, 2009 4:16 PM

"ahhhh yeah!" I have said that to my kids many times.....

Posted by: Peggy at April 8, 2009 6:34 PM


Posted by: cyndy at April 8, 2009 7:49 PM

You can imagine how often Bryan and I quote music to Declan and how often he thinks we are the unfunniest two people on the planet.

Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at April 9, 2009 5:04 PM

That's fantastic!

Posted by: ironic1 at April 10, 2009 7:47 PM