This Has Got to Stop

Posted by ZenMom Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I woke up this morning to yet another bug -- this time the common cold. I've been getting sick almost continuously since school started. So much so that I was wondering if I had some terrible illness that was wrecking havoc with my poor, abused immune system. I even went to the doctor, who promptly put half of my blood supply into little tubes to see what was the matter.

Turns out I'm fine. Well not exactly fine, but close enough. So then I started wondering if I was just a hypochondriac and that my various ailments were all just figments of my sometimes overactive imagination.

I kept up with this line of thought until a couple of days ago. That's when I made a discovery that blew me away. One that sent millions of tiny shivers up and down my spine.

I've always taught my kids to share. Actually, I've hammered it into their little brains from when they were knee high to a grasshopper. Well it looks like I might have overdone it a bit.

Two days ago, when I asked my soccer girl where her toothbrush was, I got the infamous shoulder shrug and almost incomprehensible I dunno.  She's a teen, what can I say.

Then I started to get suspicious.  With a little prodding (OK, threats of bodily harm might have been involved) I found out that because she lost track of which one was her's, she's been using any toothbrush that was in sight. Yuk!

But wait, it gets better.

Turns out all my kids have gotten in on the action.  They have all been partaking in a game of toothbrush round robin for a while now.  The best part was when I found out I was an unknowing participant.  All those times I saw them lingering in my bathroom, I thought they were just using my hairbrush or make up. How could I be so blind?

Is nothing sacred?

Nope.  There are no boundaries in this house.  My kids walk in on me getting dressed on a somewhat regular basis -- there's usually an eeeww involved (Thanks kids, I needed that.).  They will hold entire conversations with me while I'm on the phone and usually want me to help them with their homework while I'm in the bathroom.

So now, I'm turning over a new leaf.  I bought new toothbrushes for everyone and spent the evening labeling each one with their respective names -- its more like wallpaper, but I want no more questions as to who's is who's.

Then, I'm going to start with the lessons.  There will be no more sharing in this house!  And anyone who even thinks about using my toothbrush again might just see these pearly whites staring them in the face.

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  1. Now that is a big much as I love my kids, I do not want them putting my toothbrush in their mouths!!

  2. EcoMeg Says:
  3. Oh. My. Gosh. I am trying not to laugh because of what it's obviously done to your health, but it is pretty funny what goes through kids' heads!

  4. Tracy DeLuca Says:
  5. Really really trying hard not to laugh. My youngest son thinks that toothbrushes are toys or are really just good for serving up the toothpaste. He gets ahold of my toothbrush and plays with it. I should have stock in a toothbrush company with as many new ones as I have to buy! LOL

  6. Ewwww! Put those toothbrushes on a string so they can't get lost!!!

  7. Toothbrush free for all? Yikes. I'd be hiding mine faster than you could say....YUCK!

  8. Oh yeah Nancy has it my toothbrush would be under lock and key. Nasty! Good luck with the new plan - hopefully you will feel better soon!

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  10. Oh gosh! I can feel your pain! My second child, my son, is the one who seems to emulate Jack-Ass on a regular basis (he's never watched it, it just comes naturally. TOO naturall), and my third child, a little girl, was soo placid as a baby, now she's a toddler, she is loud and diva-like.


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