HJ-ED-DHJHerald Journal Columns
March 26, 2007, Herald Journal



With three children, I’ve said “no” a lot, to the point of sounding like a broken record. (Or, for those younger than me, a dirty CD that keeps repeating, one word over-and-over.)

It never ceases to amaze me the responses I receive from my children, when I say, “no.”

It usually starts with, “But . . . ,” then follows closely with, “all my friends . . . ,” or, “all the other parents . . . ”


I’m the only parent who says no to an aluminum can full of sugar and caffeine at 8 o’clock at night. Who refuses to make a separate meal for each set of taste buds. Or thinks children should have a bed time, even children as tall, or taller, than an adult.


I’m the only parent who thinks a child doesn’t need a toy at Target every trip there. Who refuses to allow a video game controller to be hurled across the room. Or says no to a candy bar for breakfast.


I’m the only parent who says no to slamming doors, stomping feet and temper-tantrums. Who admits their wallet has limits. Or thinks hitting your sibling isn’t teaching them a lesson.


I’m the only parent who thinks that a kitchen table is meant for eating meals. Who refuses to leave the television on 24 hours a day. Or says no to using your parents as servants.


I’m the only parent who says no to McDonald’s even though we just passed one. Who refuses to allow testing on anything that says it’s breakable. Or thinks adding one more thing to the family calendar is impossible.


I’m the only parent who thinks underwear is not outerwear, or that butt cracks aren’t cute, even with the right pants. Who refuses to allow every existing woodland creature as a family pet. Or says no to waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, helping yourself to the chocolate pudding, then deciding to paint yourself with it.


I could go on like this forever, but I think you get the picture. I only wish my children did.

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.