This is an example of daily phone calls with my daughter, when I call to check on them, or when she calls to tattle. Because, when all else fails, call mom. Enjoy!
Phone Call #1
Me: How is everything going at home? Are the boys being good? Did they eat breakfast?
Gracie: Umm ya they ate, and they are running around in their underwear.
Gracie: I don’t know. They took their shorts off and are being weird running around and being loud.
Me: Get the boys and put me on speaker phone
Gracie: (screaming in my ears) BOYS!! MOM WANTS TO TALK TO YOU!! Okay mom they’re here.
Me: Boys put on your shorts! Stop running around in your underwear, being ding dongs. No one wants to see whats under your shorts, especially your sister!!
Boys: OKAY – giggle giggle.
Phone Call #2
Gracie: Mom, since I made sure the boys cleaned their room, and I did the dishes, can I have some of your chocolate you have hidden in your room?
Me: Yes, but you have to do a load of towels first! And quit snooping in my room – one of the days what you find WILL NOT BE AS SWEET AS CHOCOLATE!
Gracie: Yes mom.
Phone Call #3
Me: Hello lovely daughter
Gracie: Oh, you are going to be thrilled!!
Me: Really?! Somehow I doubt that. What happened?
Gracie: Oh, well, remember your rule about no balls in the house. Because all your stuff always gets broke?
Me: Oh no, what broke?
Gracie: Well they were playing with balls in the house, and I told them no balls in the house, so they went and got a pillow – which was a foot BALL pillow. And don’t worry Gage already knows that was not a good idea. Then, Boone kicked the football pillow, and they broke the tall glass lantern you had on the table. So, Coleton is in one corner, Boone is in another corner, and then I ran out of corners so Gage is crying in his room.
Me: (laughing) Did anyone get hurt? Is anyone bleeding?
Me: Okay can you sweep it up, and make the boys wear shoes until I get home and can make sure it’s all cleaned up?
Gracie: Yes, but what about the boys?
Me: Tell them I will talk to them when I get home, and let them stay where they are for 5 more minutes. and then call it good.
Gracie: Okay. Love you bye.
Phone Call #4
Gracie: Mom. David (Step/Grandpa) is here to check on us and says we have practice, and I told him we don’t. But he says we do. Do we?
Me: No, practice got cancelled, let me talk to him for a second.
David: Hi there
Me: Hi, hey practice got cancelled, so I can get the kids tonight. Thank you though.
David: Oh okay, Matt told me they have practice.
Me: Yes, they did. It got cancelled. Matt didn’t know when he told you that this morning.
David: Oh okay. What are you doing?
Me: I’m working.
David: Oh okay, well they need practice. (laughing)
Me: I know, they’ll make up for it.
David: Okay then, bye. Have a good day.
Phone Call #5
Me: How are things going? Did they do their chores?
Gracie: Um ya they did them, but then they made a mess again in the front room, but they won’t listen to me when I tell them to clean it up. They keep going out in the backyard.
Me: Give the phone to Gage
Gage: Hi Momma
Me: Gage Riley, clean the front room, do not go outside, do not get a snack, do not get water, don’t go pee or poop. Just clean the front room.
Gage: Okay Mom
Me: Give the phone to Coleton
Me: Coleton Michael, clean the front room, do not go outside, do not get a snack, do not get water, don’t go pee or poop. Just clean the front room.
Me: Give the phone to Boone
Me: Boone, clean the front room, do not go outside, do not get a snack, do not get water, don’t go pee or poop. Just clean the front room.
Me: Give the phone to Gracie
Gracie: Hi Mom
Me: I told them all. Do you need anything else?
Me: Okay. Love you
Thank goodness school starts next week.