Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Girl ... What Tree Did You Fall From?

My twins are pretty smart girls.

They have always gotten really good grades in school and have taken challenging courses - always.

I was never that smart in school.

I'm still not all that smart.

Anyways ... recently, Chloe got a lower grade than she expected on an algebra II test.

She says that she was very upset when she got the test back and she began to cry. She says that a friend (a boy) that sits near her in the algebra class asked her why she was so upset and she explained, "I got a C," tears streaming down her face.

"You're upset, because you got a C?" the boy was confused.

"My mom will be mad," Chloe tried to explain, "She will probably take away my phone and then my IPOD and then ... she'll take away my books," more tears.

"She'll take away your books?" the boy asked, "How will you study?" he was even more confused.

"Not my school books, " she clarified, "The books I read just for ... fun."

She says the boy's eyes kind of glazed over and he said, "You do that ... read books for f-un?"

She and I could not stop laughing.


It's true.


Sometimes ... I threaten to take away their books.


On the upside ... You know that saying, "The apple does not fall far from the tree"? That saying does not always apply. When I was a kid ... my parents would have had to have threatened to ... MAKE ME READ A BOOK, as punishment! My girls ... I threaten to take them away (*throws head back and laughs loudly at the thought of how ridiculous this sounds - HAHAHAHAHAHA*)!

84 comments:

Brittany said...

Just as long as you don't take away their scientific calculators, too!! hahah

HRH said...

The significant difference between boys and girls: books. So funny. Am I really first? woo hoo. Hi Kellan!

Karen said...

I love that you've taught your girls to read - just for fun!

MamaGeek said...

Yep, you've created geniuses Kellan. TWIN geniuses. How good does THAT feel? :)

justabeachkat said...

Books were one of my loves when I was a teenager too so I can feel her pain!

Hugs!
Kat

Summer said...

There were times my mother literally took a book out of my hands and pushed me outside "for some fresh air" I was that addicted to reading. I still read, LOTS, for fun!

LunaNik said...

You're just too funny. You actually take away their books??? You evil, evil mommy!

Val Cox said...

I love it! Next she'll be complaining that you'll threaten to take away the food, her bed, and clothes. Ahh, teen drama!

Leanne said...

I love it. This would work for my girls. My boy? He'd be helping me move them out of his room!!

Bavani said...

That's awesome that you've taught your girls the value of reading. I used to use a torchlight under my blanket at nights to read - WHAT A NERD! :)

dlyn said...

that would have worked for my girls too - always with their heads in a book - like their Mom!

Maria said...

I've often told my daughter to stop reading and go to sleep! I couldn't believe I had to say that. My daughter has a friend who's a boy and he said his friends make fun of him because he reads. Isn't that sad? Girls are lucky because they don't really get teased about it.

Hillary said...

My husband's parents threatened to take his books away from him too. :)

katydidnot said...

take away the books! oh, to have those children? aren't we lucky?

Eagles' Wings said...

My children likes reading too. Not all, only some books. Some they will readily give up if I threaten to take away BUT not their comics ;-/

jennifer h said...

Okay, Kellan, this is funny (and you know why!).

I often find my son in bed, sound asleep with a book on his chest. Love to see that. My girl loves to read, too, and I'm so happy that she's really taken off in her reading this year.

Algebra II was hard!

I love this: "You read books for f-fun?" Kids these days. Glad you made some great ones!

Andrea said...

FINALLY, I am able to leave a comment! My computer has been acting up lately and kicking me out of the comments section all the time. So sorry I haven't been commenting lately...but I have read EVERY word!!

Once again, you made me smile. I love the way you parent. But I especially love the way you laugh with your children.

(ps: I'm SO jealous you are going to get to meet Works For Mom)

Melanie said...

I think it's great that your kids read for fun. I have always done that too- I love to read and it's something I hope my kids will love to do too.

Jen said...

Even today, if someone were to take away my books I would be so devastated.

Kami said...

HA! I can relate to this story for two reasons both of which are wtih respect to my husband.

He said the exact same thing to me about books when we met... You read them for fun? With an incredulous look on his face.

Now he understands how obsessive a reader I am and he threatens to take away my books too.

:-)

Angie said...

What a great problem to have. I hope my boys become readers like that. I really do. So far, they will become video gamers with that passion. No good.
KEEP BELIEVING

Angela said...

Books are such a good escape.
I would have been crying to when I was in school about a C too

bermudabluez said...

It's good that they read!! I wish my daughter would read more! I have always enjoyed reading for pleasure...it's the one thing I have always MADE time for. And even today I'd be crushed if someone took away my books...

Natalie said...

That's so funny! I was a smarty pants like that in high school...then I got to college and got my first C, and my second and my third and...you get the idea. LOL!

Becky said...

You crack me up, Kellan...I LOVED that very last sentence...you throwing your head back and laughing. LOL!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I confess--my mom used to take away my books. I was pretty smart though; I always kept a couple hidden under the bathroom sink!

JCK said...

That is SO cool, Kellan. I adored reading early on and have been reading to my kids since they were teeny, tiny. They both love books now. I only hope they will later, too. Such a gift... to read.

Are You Serious! said...

Cute story! I've threatened to take away my 7 year olds "Junie B. Jones" Books as punishment too. Although she's young enough she could probably turn that on me and decide to hate reading so I probably shouldn't do that anymore! :)

Melissa said...

Been there, done that!! The absurdity of taking away something that helps my daughter learn makes me laugh, too. But it never fails to work, so it's all good!!

Family Adventure said...

I believe those apples fell rather close to the tree, myself. No matter what you say :)

Heidi

Em said...

Hey Kellan, sorry i have been for a while - your blog always makes me smile and this post is great!

Havent posted it on blog coz some family read, but me and hubby have gone separate ways...

Em

Jen said...

You take away their books?! I'm calling Child Services...again. ; )

Jacki said...

Doesn't everyone read for fun?? When I was growing up my parents could not send me to my room for punishment because I loved being in there and reading. :-)

Amanda said...

I remember waking up in the middle of the night and reading in the bathroom. My mother wouldn't let me read 'fun' books during the week.

One Scrappy Gal said...

My parents used to ground me and it never worked, because I loved being at home, curled up on the couch, reading my books. My mom says if she could do it over, she'd make me iron or do the dishes instead. Now THAT would have been a punishment!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Hi, Kellan!

Your daughter sounds alot like my son with the grade expectations, he gets upset also if he doesn't do as well as he thinks he should have. They're much harder on themselves than we ever could be! I wish my boys would read for the pleasure of reading, but they don't. They both like reading, but they have so much required reading they have to do for school, I think they don't have the time or motivation.

Lizzy

Irene said...

That is too funny, but great that they read and do so well in school.

Do you read now? I believe kids' love of reading is influenced a lot in how much their parents read. Personally, I feel that is a bigger influence than in how much we read to them. They usually learn by example, if we are big readers, they often follow suit.

Whatever it is, you did something right!

Courtney said...

That is hilarious. I love to read too so I know how she feels, but you're just mean!

JenKneeBee said...

Haha! That's fabulous! When I was little I used to sneak a book and a flashlight under the covers so I could read at night without my mother knowing I was staying up till the wee hours of the morning. Otherwise she probably would have taken away my books too!

Dawn said...

You must be much smarter than you give yourself credit for. To raise kids like this.... you obviously know a thing or two about parenting. Maybe I need to get more creative like this in disciplining my kids.... find something to take away that really means something (I won't tell them where I got the idea).

tommie said...

I can only hope to pass on a love of reading to my kids! you're doing something right.

Katrina said...

Very funny. I hope you didn't really threaten this time though. :-)

InTheFastLane said...

I have to say that I have often threatened to take away books at our house. What ever works :)

Beth said...

Sounds like Chloe is one smart cookie. And you are raising great kids so YOU are smarter than you are giving yourself credit for!

Kathryn said...

That is hilarious. I love it! Ya gotta love smart girls. And silly brothers!

sting said...

hehe.. my mom used to threaten to take away our fun books too.. because we didn't want to sleep!

the dragonfly said...

In fourth grade my teacher took away my library books all the time. That I can understand, but he also went out of his way to humiliate me in front of the other students. That I still do not understand.

My parents took away my books too...but it never worked, because I always had more hidden away! I was like a squirrel hoarding acorns...

:)

Amy said...

i hope that this can always work. so simple but effective. i like it!

Marie said...

What a sweet girl you have! Reading for fun...what a concept!

OHmommy said...

You have the BEST kids! What a sweet girl!

Laurie M. said...

Great story! That would have been punishment enough for me too. Reading was and is FUN for me!

TheVasquez3 said...

reading for FUN...yep that's my kind of kid right there! Jordan has just started reading for fun. she has seen me curled up with a book and recently started joining me for reading time.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I must say that in my humbe opinion you may have submitted the best limerick yet!!

I'm not the judge so it really doesn't matter what I think, but yours is brilliant!!

Hallie :)

Janice said...

Shut the freak up that is so dang funny...

I love to read, most of my family does, we get it from my mom, but when I was a teen I didn't, i was a terrible student. I love that she cried, cause she didn't want them taken away, I am still giggling about it.

Janet said...

Hmmm, I don't know if that would work on my kids. It would work really well on me, though!

Heather said...

That would make a really good advertising campaign for Scholastic. Or the public library. Reminds of the new cell phone commercials.

LaskiGal said...

Oh, Kellan, as an ENGLISH teacher I can so relate . . . I thought all kids LOVED to read. I was so, so wrong. Readers (for fun) are apparently a RARER breed than I thought.

OH, btw, I remember how APPALLED I was when kids in my class were THRILLED that they got a D-. After all, to them that was passing. After a few years of teaching, now I'm the one who is saying, "Hey, a D is still passing. Good for you little Jimmy!!" Ugh.

Can I just say that I ADORE your daughter . . .

Joanna said...

Oh you mean, mean momma! But whatever works. :)
Do both of them love to read? I got one that does and one that doesn't unless you find just the right book. Heck if I know what that is, but still.

Steph said...

I think it is great that your kids are concerned about heir grades more kids should be concerned and so should the parents. BTW for the record I think you are pretty smart!

Happy Days said...

that is great! I hope it works for me!

Queen of My Domain said...

To funny. Your daughter sounds like a kindred spirit of mine.

kim-d said...

When I was your girls' age, that same thing would have been a fate worse than death for me, too! Take away my phone? Fine. But my books? OH NO! Now I'm just happy when I can muster up enough attention span to read a couple of pages--HAHA!

Bia said...

You know, threatening to take away books isn't that unusual in our family. Growing up I got in trouble for reading too much (interefered with chores), and now, with particularly my oldest son, during the summer I have to establish the "equal time reading and playing outside rule"; in other words: one hour reading = one hour playing time.

Have a great day.

frog ponds rock... said...

There is something for you at my place.

cheers Kim xxx

katy said...

My children and I all love to read. My husband does not like to read anything unless it is 1. a how to book 2. something with a centerfold. (only for the stories)

This Southern Belle said...

That is so funny--oh, I hope our boys love to read as much as I do as they get older!

Rachel said...

Wonderful story. As I always say-I just love how you tell them. I can picture you and your girls bending over laughing together. How sweet!!

Rachel said...

Wonderful story. As I always say-I just love how you tell them. I can picture you and your girls bending over laughing together. How sweet!!

gina said...

We love to read too! all five us. Well, technically, my second doesn't love to "read" because of LDs but she LOVES books, which she collects for the sheer beauty of them...like old ,dusty volumes from library sales. She has always sat for hours and just leafed through them- it's like no one told her genes she has difficulty reading and she is still drawn to books.

The Boyds Family said...

That is so great that she likes to read - just for fun!

When I was a kid, I would NEVER have read just for fun. But now??? OH! I LOVE IT!!!!

Dad said...

If taking away books work, so be it

Rachel said...

People laugh. That's how my parents punished me. They wouldn't let me read. It drove me crazy. I would walk around reading labels, cereal boxes and finally resorted to reading all my school texts just for a fix!

multipleblessings said...

Gosh! I would HATE to have my books taken away from me! Terrible punishment! :)

Julie

Steph said...

I've always been addicted to reading, so I can relate. My girls would be devastated if I took away their books, too.

girlymom said...

I admire your girls, I was that kid staring in confusement at the book reading kids...why?

shay said...

I threaten my boys in this way. their friends respond just as your son did, with shock and awe that someone would read for fun???!!!

It seems a foreign concept lol.

joan said...

I think one of the best things I did with my kids when they were growing up was instill a love of reading in them. I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on and love it to this day. So glad your girls love to read!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

My friends all laugh at me for this too. Taking away my kids books, complaining that every time I ask them to do anything they have their nose stuck in a book. I get very weird looks.

Amy said...

LOVE this!!
My oldest is the same way. She gets distraught if she doesn't make an A. Her nose is ALWAYS in a book. I take them away just to force her to go outside and get a little sunshine!

Stacie said...

AWE. I hope my daughter is like that. :)

Leah said...

I use my children's bedtime stories as leverage for them to do away with the naughty behavior... Works like a charm (nearly every single time!) My children definately got their love of books from me.

That's funny about that boy! LOL!

Patti said...

See I am like your girls, to take away my books is the worst punishment you could give me (except taking away Madison).

Pam said...

Yeah, I do a double take when I hear myself tell Ashlyn that if she doesn't stop playing around that I will not be reading her a book before bed...yup, what am I thinking!

Tammy said...

What wonderful kids you have. Give them all an extra hug! :)

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