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Lynda Loveland: Up and down

Posted August 18, 2010

Lynda Loveland

How many times, do you suppose, you get up and down during dinner?

Yesterday, I counted 11. And I think I skipped a few.

Everybody eats the same thing but I’m constantly getting up. Either one of the kids needs more ketchup, more milk or they spill milk. It’s always something!

Then, by the time I get them taken care of, I realize that I need something! It’s at that point I want to be like the mom on The Incredibles. You know, the one who’s made of rubber and she can stretch her arms anywhere.

Ah, the things I could do from the sofa…

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • missparrothead Aug 19, 2010

    It gets better as they get older, then they can get their own milk, etc. AND next time, they need something, its your hubby's turn. Its only fair.

  • running girl Aug 19, 2010

    I have a friend who hardly sits down to eat with her kids, usually she eats standing. I refuse to be a waitress for my kids. Mothers have a right to eat just as anyone else. By not sitting down, it is appearing that the kids are kings.

  • blahblahblah Aug 19, 2010

    No offense Lynda, but sounds like your kids are playing you. Maybe alittle advanced planning will eliminate/reduce the need for you to continue to get up from the table.

  • Twittyfan Aug 19, 2010

    It is a rule that at my house there is No TV Radio etc on and we sit at the table. It is very rare that anyone gets up at my table dont get me wrong they are allowed to but i try to have everything ready when they come to the table to avoid getting up. It will be alot better when they get a little older. I have always stressed this because I was raised to have everything I needed before I sit down to eat.

  • fencergrrl Aug 18, 2010

    I feel your pain. I have 4 kids and if each kid only asks for 2 things, that's 8 times getting up before I can even take a bite of my dinner! They're starting to realize, at least, to get the barrage of requests in *before* I sit down in order to avoid "the face".