5 People My Kids Respect More Than Me (Including Twilight Sparkle)

Jenny Erikson | Nov 18, 2013 Being a Mom

Why is it that kids are always so much more respectful to people other than their parents? Those people aren’t the ones with the power to send them to their rooms, make them eat broccoli, or decide if they get to go to that birthday party this weekend.

I'm going to say it's a sign of the trust they have in my unconditional love that they can tell me flat to my face that I'm wrong about something, or their way is the best way, or so-and-so said X, Y, Z, so it must be true even if Mommy says it's not.

Some days I do a total facepalm when my kids choose to disregard what I say in favor of others. Seriously, kiddos, Mommy just might have a bit more wisdom than the My Little Ponies.

Here are five people that my kids respect more than me.

  • Grandma


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    "But Ahma lets us stay up late/eat candy before dinner/ride the train at the mall/watch TV after school/etc.!" Right. That's because she already did the mom thing. Now she's doing the grandma thing. I'm saving these tapes for when you have your own kids, kids.

  • The Cat


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    "No Mommy, she likes taking selfies with me." Um, no.

    The cat also usually wants the dog to fork over half her treats.

  • The Teacher


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    This week my 10-year-old had "banana" on her spelling list. For some reason, she wrote it down in class as "bananna." I corrected her, and she insisted it was right, because that's what her teacher said. I showed her three separate online dictionary entries, how autocorrect on my iPhone changed it to banana, and I made her listen to (the radio edit version of) "Hollaback Girl." I'm pretty sure she'll be spelling it "bananna" for the rest of her life.

  • Each Other


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    Those two are thick as thieves. If sister said it, then that's it -- no ifs, ands, or buts. The little one originally wanted to be a mermaid, but then big sister suggested she be a cat. A princess cat.

  • Twilight Sparkle


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    My 5-year-old is constantly quoting Twilight Sparkle (the My Little Pony) to me as if that unicorn walked on water. She became a princess by learning about the real magic of true friendship, you know.

    Friends, there's no competing with that.

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