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  1. May 16, 2013
    Mel

    Umm it sounds like you have an issue with your children, it’s called normal! I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it doesn’t get much better when they’re teenagers, oh but interrupt them on the phone…totally different story!

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh Mel… don’t say that! I’m still holding onto a magical age that will suddenly result in calm and quiet play whilst I’m on the phone.

      (And the teenager on the phone part? I totally believe that. 🙂 )

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    • May 20, 2013
      Clydia @ THREE MANGO SEEDS

      Cracked up when I read about interrupting their phone calls! So funny I do that too! 🙂 I love THE LOOK I get!

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  2. May 16, 2013
    Jenna

    I feel your pain and my kid is only one! She can’t even talk and anytime she sees me texting or talking on the phone, she wants it. Spoiled brat!

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      I wish I could say that it gets better, Jenna, but *sigh* it’s crazy when I’m on the phone right now. It’s like the phone is their bat signal.

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  3. May 16, 2013
    Shree

    Hey Tara,I can totally relate to what you have written as I too have two daughters aged 4&6 and the same attention craving behaviour happens everytime I’m on phone 🙂 Hope this phase passes soon 🙂

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Me too! Though it sounds like this isn’t a phase that zips by! Gah!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  4. May 16, 2013
    Shari

    Ha ha ha, and that is precisely why I haven’t called. Are you around on Tuesday? Sophie will be in daycare so it would be a good day on my end for a chat, what time is best? Let me know and I will give you a call. Glad you had a good camping trip! Talk soon!

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Tuesday works well (especially during the afternoon) – I’ll only have one child, so that should decrease the odds of chaos on my line. 😉

      Camping was great; can’t wait to catch up! 🙂

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  5. May 16, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    Oh Tara. This is exactly what I needed to read tonight. Something funny, relate-able and light hearted. I can totally relate to the ‘I’m hungry’ 🙂

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Oh man… the “I’m hungry” is the worst. I’m so glad that you were looking for a lighthearted read. You know I’m full of things-not-serious!

      (I’m also full of my-children-are-driving-me-crazy! stories too, if you ever need to commiserate!)

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  6. May 16, 2013
    Lindsay Faber

    Hahahaha…I have been that person on the other line but lucky for you I am not sitting in absolute silence…mostly I am trying to keep my crazy 2 year old alive as she uses the time that I’m on the phone to climb to new heights, jump off of wobbly things, and try to get into the oven.

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Is your kid quiet while she’s doing those things? It’s a hard decision… quietly scaling the kitchen cupboards or clutching to my pants wailing that they’re malnourished babes who are obviously being neglected by their mother?

      Either or, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

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  7. May 16, 2013
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    bwaahahaha…. love it Tara. Too funny! The only way to get through with our sanity is to see the humour in it all. Thanks for bringing back the humour! Love your writing,
    Krista

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    • May 16, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you, Krista! This post was based on actual events (are you surprised)?!?! I’m wondering if there’s a way to do “talk to text” so that I can gab my face off, but the other person won’t be able to hear the craziness happening on my end.

      I could not agree more. Humour is my most favourite coping skill. 🙂

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  8. May 17, 2013
    Angie@EchoesofLaughter

    Ha! I remember those days! The kids don’t do that anymore, but I find my little shihtzus are terrible for wanting to be in my lap when I’m on the computer trying to work! Have a great long weekend Tara! Angie xo

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    • May 17, 2013
      Tara

      I’m glad to hear that these days don’t last forever. I’d glady take a dog in my lap over a begging child at my heels! 🙂 It’s a good thing they’re cute!

      Hope you have a lovely long weekend, too, Angie! 🙂

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  9. May 20, 2013
    Clydia @ THREE MANGO SEEDS

    Your post is hilarious but so true! Just so you know — all of mine are teenagers now and it still holds true! I think my home life is even more hectic now then when they were toddlers! Life is just plain busy! LOL Great post Tara! XOXO

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    • May 20, 2013
      Tara

      Oh no… MORE hectic? Clydia… I’m going to have to get a babysitter so that I can make all of my phonecalls in silence! 😉

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post – sometimes I just need to “write my feelings” so I don’t verbalize them too often ’round these parts! 🙂

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  10. May 20, 2013
    Michele

    This is so funning…a parent on the phone seems to be the quintessential magnet for kids. Not sure why. I remember it so well as a child. Mom would be on the phone and for whatever reason, I HAD to ask her something! I think it’s in the genes. The kids can be as calm as can be…they’re reading, playing quietly, eating or even napping, but low and behold as soon as you reach for that phone their little radars go off and it’s Mommy time!! Have-to-talk-to-Mom…Must get her attention…Get her, Get Her, GET HER!!! (;

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    • May 20, 2013
      Tara

      When I read the “Get her, get her, GET HER!” part of your comment, I was like, “Yes. This is exactly the way it is.”

      I am targeted. There is no doubt. The kids can sense that I am giving my attention to someone else, and they will take any means necessary to get it back.

      What’s amazing is that within seconds of me hanging up the phone (usually after many sighs of exasperation and a few “I’m sorrys” on the phone), they will happily trot back to whatever they were doing before the phone converasation, as if nothing ever happened. This is what baffles me.

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      • May 20, 2013
        Michele

        haha (; We just have to face it…they’re little heat seeking missiles when it comes to Mom’s attention and the phone is the trigger (; Ah, but what a blessing those little missiles can be…tugs for attention and all (;

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        • May 20, 2013
          Tara

          You’re so right. I know that I’m going to miss these constant bids for my attention. I have to stop and appreciate that.

          And sometimes I have to write blogs about it. It’s the sanity thing. 😉

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  11. May 23, 2013
    Kadie

    I about snorted Diet Dr.Pepper out my nose reading this! ha,ha,ha My kids are the worst at this! If it is someone important it is crazy-ness trying to get any information from or to the other person. I walk around with one finger stuck in my other ear so much that my 2 year old thinks that’s how you talk on the phone, and has started plugging her ear when she is on the “phone”. Here is your silver lining…… at least you only have 2 and not 5. 🙂

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    • May 23, 2013
      Tara

      Oh Kadie – I laughed out loud when I visualized your little one walking around with a finger stuck in her (his?) ear. My kids practially yell when they’re having their fake phone conversations… I wonder why??

      I love your silver lining. Can I make that into a t-shirt? “At least I only have 2 and not 5.”

      It will come in handy when I’m at the grocery store and my children insist on unloading every. single. item. from the cart by themselves while the lady behind me wearing Coach ballet flats tsk-tsks impatiently.
      “Lady – look at my shirt! Count your blessings!”

      p.s. Awesome to see you here, by the way! Don’t be a stranger!

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  12. May 24, 2013
    amy @ one artsy mama

    Hahaha…I am SO there right now with my son. “Who are you talking to, Mommy? Can I talk? Mommy! Mommy! Listen, Mommy! Mommy I have to tell you something!” Lol. Funny but not funny at the time…

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    • May 24, 2013
      Tara

      That’s a good way of putting it: “Funny, but not funny”. My husband has taken to going OUTSIDE when he’s on the phone!

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  13. May 24, 2013
    Kara

    Sounds just like my house!

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    • May 24, 2013
      Tara

      Have you resorted to texting or emailing everything? I’m using my cell phone more than ever these days, and not for talking! 😛

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