Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm Probably Not The Mom To Be Asking This Stuff!

So ...


We were at the lake.


My sister and her two step-sons came up to visit.


My mother came.


Somehow, during the day ... one of the boys hurt his back.


My sister and I were sitting inside, looking out the sliding glass door at the kids jumping and playing in the water.


My sister says, "C hurt his back."


I glanced out the window. I saw that C indeed was acting as though he had hurt his back, yet ... he was jumping and swimming with the rest of the kids. I said, "Yes."


"What do you think I should do? Give him Tylenol?"


I looked out the window again.


I looked at my sister.


"Is he crying?" I asked.


"No," my sister answered.


"Is there blood seeping?"


"Uh, No," my sister sorta looked confused.


"Well then ... all's good," I stuffed a handful of potato chips in my mouth.



On the upside ... I need to teach my sister my No blood, No black-out, No throw-up, No bumps the size of goose eggs, No appendage aiming in the wrong direction ... Go-on-you'll-be-okay ... theory! She's obviously a bit out of practice.

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72 comments:

Michelle said...

It's a good rule -- and one every mom should know. With the one kid out there that's the exception who doesn't know when he's hurt and makes it worse. I would NOT want to be his mom!

Jocasta said...

I subscribe to the same principle!

Dawn said...

You're right...they'll usually tell you if they're seriously hurt. If my daughter actually asked for a Tylenol...I would know it's serious, she hates taking pills.

Dad said...

It won't taker her long to remember

MamáChanga said...

You know, that's such a difficult rule to follow (if you're an overprotective parent like me). I'm trying my best, but I have to keep reminding myself!

Hugs & Blessings!

Joanna said...

How has she made it this far in life without that infomation??

Tabitha said...

Oh Kellan ~ you are so funny!!
Maybe I should relax a bit and adopt that rule!!
love and hugs XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

bichonpawz said...

Sounds like a good plan Kellan! Hope you are safely OUT of the path of the hurricane!! Thinking of you guys in Texas!!
Jeanne

Hannah said...

Hahaha Kellan, that's hilarious!! I sometimes use that theory with my brothers ;]

Jacki said...

No matter what injury my daughter has, a bandaid works just fine.

Amanda said...

Yes i know that one! Having 4 boys has taught me that!

Tara said...

Sometimes it's good to learn how to step back and let it go. I only have one child so it's taken me about 12 years to get the swing of it, but I am getting better!

Nancy said...

As a seasoned mom, I concur!

This photos is awesome.

dani said...

i never had to worry much about that kellan, as i had a girly girl who didn't like to be outside, hot, nor sweaty...
then one day, she was lying on the couch watching tv when her bff hannah came in to say that she needed me...
i went after the second call to check on her, and she'd dislocated her knee... LYING ON THE COUCH!!! how about that one???
we had to have an ambulance come because i couldn't move her. they couldn't either until they started an iv with pain meds...
love,
dani

Brenda said...

Yep, we have that method of first aid around here too. And a band aid and a kiss fixes the more serious ones.

Happy Campers said...

My question is always "Is it bleeding? Can you breathe?" Especially if he's playing still & not stopping...chances are all is good :)

the dragonfly said...

I'm mostly this way...I have to say, though, that my exception to this rule has to be TEETHING. A little Tylenol can be a life-saver.

:)

Kel said...

Oh I've so adopted that attitude - with my daughter being a dramaqueen and my stepson ALWAYS pushing his limits, we've learned if there is no blood or missing limbs...then you'll be just fine with a little TLC.
~K

texasholly said...

I like the way you think! That is the policy here in these parts.

kimmy said...

I love the pictures of the kids jumping off the dock! Great action shot!

Kimmy

Amanda said...

OK. You're the experienced mom and I'm the rookie so I'll be learning from you and adopting that rule from now on :)

Courtney said...

I used to be like your sister, but then I figured out that Taylor is a drama queen so not anymore. I have since adopted your rule. Unless she is still limping around the next day and complaining then I would have given her some ice or a heating pad, but other than that, your good!

Rachel said...

That's my rule too :-) I knew I liked you!

kim-d said...

Most definitely, Kellan Renee. If he's still jumping around and playing, he's not broke. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :)

Have a wonderful day, Kellan Renee.

Eagles' Wings said...

I do that too. hee.. hee..

Amy said...

Sounds like good advice to me....especially while eating potato chips.:)

Kaci said...

Great theory!! :) LOL!

Tanja said...

That's a great theory to remember with having two young boys! Thanks!

Marmarbug said...

I have the same mentality. If there is no blood and everything looks intact then it is all good. I have learned having a boy there is bound to be an accident every day!!!!

Queen of My Domain said...

I think it comes with having more children. With my first I was more concerned..now sadly I have more of a No blood No foul rule. The kids truly will let us know if they are seriously hurt.

truth said...

Hmmm...I was way laid back when my kids were younger. But after 5, and as they got older, I was the one jumping up offering advil, dragging them to the chiropractor, etc.

I think it is because "I" started to feel their pain and I don't like pain.

Donna said...

You Have to these days! Kids get Entirely too many meds!! Happy day Girl!!hughugs

Monogram Queen said...

I agree, even with the little ones sometimes they will look at you to see if you're going to make a big deal out of it then the wailing commences. If they are not wailing when they come to me, it's not "too" serious in my book!

Kelsey said...

Ah yes! Amen to that!

joan said...

Good advice Kellan. My daughter gets all upset when the little ones get hurt and I pretty much tell her the same thing.

Janet said...

Yep. No blood, no bother. In our house a kiss can make everything better. Which is good, because if we ever had an actual emergency, our local hospital is the worst ever. There's no point in going there unless you actually have severed limbs. Otherwise, they let you wait for 3-4 hours in the ER.

Mary Beth said...

Our rule was if it's bleeding, put a band aid on it. Otherwise it's fine. Don't worry if it's sticking out at an odd angle - it'll make you stand out in the crowd!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You have to have that attitude when you have a lot of kids--otherwise your whole life would be spent in urgent care!

Catizhere said...

Maggie was complaining about a mosquito bite that was itching. I told her, "Life is pain, get used to it". Was that too harsh?

Toni said...

I subscribe to your parenting philosophy, too: if they're not bleeding, don't bother with it...

Steph said...

That was always the rule when we were at our lake. Most of the time we just "played" through the pain and it got better. There were only a couple of times that we had to make a trip to the ER for stitches.

Steph

dlyn said...

Hilarious Kellan - I always looked at it the same way.

tammy said...

Could you please teach my mother-in-law that? She totally ruined my boys by babying them too much whenever they got a little hurt, and I'm the one paying the price now!

{I'm sure I will be the PERFECT mom-in-law - lol}

Katrina said...

I haven't been over here to visit in awhile. Hope all is well with you! I totally believe in this theory too! :-)

Smoochiefrog said...

That is so totally my philosophy too!

If there isn't blood, bones aren't sticking out and the person is talking-they're fine. :)

Does that make me horrible? :)

Kami said...

I live by the same rules, no blood? You are good to go!

They're kids, they'll let you know when it's serious.

Jaina said...

Haha, agreed! My aunt always said you sterilize everything with the first one, little looser with the second, and by the time you hit the third you let them eat nails. My mom tends to agree with her.

Kathryn said...

Oh to be able to recover like a child again. ;)

Nicki said...

LOL... Yeah, if they can get up on their own and walk away, nothing to worry about there! ;) Puifferfish's dad is a lot like your sister... he's a first-time dad and still freaks out every time Pufferfish bonks her head! Sometimes freaking out hurts the kid more than the actual injury... they get scared too... so its better to just say, "oops!" and see if they can laugh it off!
Your sis will figure that out... and hopefully so will Pufferfish's dad!

Belle said...

My stock first reply with my children, not matter what the complaint was..."Oh...you're fine!" Most of the time they were...but then there was the night that Legare threw up all over my new sofa. Oh well...

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

No Blood No Foul is my motto. If he was still jumping and playing then I doubt he was in to much pain.

Looks good to me, go play. Would be my answer.

katy said...

I agree...my rule is no blood, no problem. If that doesn't work I try a baggie of ice, which will fix anything.

TheCynicalOptimist said...

So you could have summed up Dr. Spock's whole book in one sentence??? I like it!! :)

Denise Wheeler said...

You make me laugh!! I agree completely and I am a paramedic. You, however, will never hear me say anything of the sort if you call 911. Then, everyone should go to the hospital.

:)De said...

Very funny. New to your blog and you are expressive writer. I will definitely be back!

melanie said...

I had that rule when I was teaching and the kids loved to tattle on each other. That was my rule- if no one is bleeding or crying then don't tell me!

Valarie said...

That sounds like my Dad. "Are you bleeding? No? Then you're fine!"

Rachel said...

I like that motto. I think tylenol does the trick for everything.

I am going to use that rule from now on.

Sally said...

When we were growing up, a neighbor had 8 kids. She made them play outside all day (weather permitting). If it got quiet, she knew something was wrong. As long as she heard them, it was a good day. :)

Helen E.M. Wright said...

Parenting that's right up my alley!

I was lucky to work with children before I had my own so practicing ignoring a fall/trip/stumble was easy!

MamaGeek said...

Girl, you are a veteran. Obviously! A wise one at that!

And how many blogs are you writing? Whoa, color me impressed!

The Fritz Facts said...

I am the same way! No blood no foul is my thought on it. Boo fell HARD on her bike this past weekend, but no blood. Cuddle to get the tears to stop, and make sure there are no other injuries and off she went.

Leah said...

back and head wounds always make me nervous and I tend to hover for awhile afterwards JUST IN CASE. LOL Glad to hear it sounds like C was just fine!

girlytwins said...

So funny and so true...

Laura said...

My kind-of parenting!

Julie said...

Someone needs to teach my SIL that!! ... She medicates for EVERYTHING! It's crazy!

It sounds like you parents almost the same way I do. :D ... Must be because we both have 4 kids ;)

Jennifer said...

you are so my HERO!! lol I am the same way... my girls always want bandaids for EVERYTHING... i swear they can fall in the grass and they will ask for a bandaid... my mom gives them bandaids just for the hell of it.. they can point any where and grandma gives them one. lol i am so the opposite... i don't baby them at all with that stuff... you fall and I know you are okay... I will help you get up... clean you off and make sure all is well, but that is it... you aren't bleeding you are good. lol

I always say that to my kids... I say it so much that they say it to one another when hurt. lol

I say to them to shake it off!!

xoxoxox

Elaine A. said...

Yep, that's pretty much the policy around here too. Although the other day there was blood (don't worry not too much) and the drama, oh the drama!! (even from a boy!)

Amanda said...

Good rule! I'm on your side. I ask Zack ofter (after a scratch) that is his hand (or other limb) is going to fall off from the scratch, he says no, I say you'll be fine and put him on his way.

Good to know there are others out there like me :)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ It's so true! That's pretty much our theory too! :)

Bren said...

I always say if there's no blood or puke, it's all good!

Blessed Mama said...

HA!! This is my theory as well. Poor kids!
Hope you've been having a great time this summer and at the lake. Someday, will you please let me know what lake that is?? Pretty please?? :-)
For what it's worth, I'll continue reading, regardless of you commenting back. I love your blog!
Hugs to you!

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