I have good news – Listography is back this week and it has great theme for it’s return!
What are your top five life lessons? Mine started out different to this but when I read it back to myself it was a bit cheesey and filled with cliches so I thought I’d just share some lessons I’ve learned in the past few weeks….
1. Always be specific!
Last week when we were shopping, Miss Frugal came across a big box of reduced make up including some bright red lipsticks. I told her she could choose something but not the red lipsticks but then I decided that really, it didn’t matter what colour she got as it was only to wear in the house so I told her she could get whatever she wanted – clearly meaning she could get whatever colour lipstick she wanted. Not clearly enough apparently as she took that to mean that she could get whatever she wanted from the basket – a fact that I didn’t notice until we got home and she asked for her make up from the shopping bags!
2. The chicken song may not always be the chicken song you remember from when you were young!
After a conversation about old songs today with the kids, we ended up on YouTube showing them them songs like Aggadoo and the Time Warp. We had to pop out so when we got in the car I handed Miss Frugal my phone and told her to search for the Birdie Song, telling her it was another one I remembered. This is what she found and it’s definitely not the song I remember:
It’s not clever and it’s not nice!
4. Never underestimate the power of bribery.
Again, it’s not clever and sometimes it’s not nice but it works and that’s good enough for me.
5. Be clear that ‘a penny for the guy’ does not mean that you just give them a penny.
I don’t usually give to the kids that hang around outside shops with a guy at this time of year but a couple of days ago we walked past some boys on the way in to the shop and one of them said ‘penny for the guy’ to Miss Frugal. As she knew him, she asked me if we could give him some money so I gave her some change from my purse to give the boys on the way out of the shop. She put the money into the hat and walked back to the car with me jingling some money in her hand. Apparently she’d kept most of the money and only given the boy a penny ‘because that’s all he asked for’.