My 4-year-old usually lays down after preschool and takes a nap while watching Curious George. Today, he laid down and then came to get me because he wanted something different on the TV. This wouldn’t have been a problem normally, but today, he didn’t know what else he wanted to watch. For real… he shrieked, “I want to watch something else but I don’t know what it is.” That doesn’t make sense.


The situation became a 2 hour temper tantrum. I felt like my 9th grade boyfriend had dumped me all over again, but in a venomous argument (unlike the shitty note he actually passed me in Earth Science). When my spawn of the devil adorable angel finally finished his wrath of terror, he collapsed into a heap on the living room couch and passed out.

Like a drunk. A drunk, 4-year-old without a care in the world.

I was left with the chip on my shoulder.

I compiled this list while he slept; For sanity’s sake, y’all. Because you can’t rationalize with a 4-year-old. You just can’t.

They don’t give a shit, but they will give you shit.

I’m really looking forward to the end of his terrorist regime. Yay 5.

Here are 20 things that are easier than rationalizing with a 4-year-old…

  1. Shaving your lady bits while 9 months pregnant
  2. Stealing a golden egg from a fire-breathing dragon
  3. Cooking a gourmet meal with a 30 pound baby on your hip
  4. Menopause in the Florida heat
  5. Understanding the rules of Curling
  6. Working for the Sea World public relations firm
  7. Ruling the galaxy
  8. Being Barack Obama
  9. Shopping at Whole Foods on welfare
  10. Flying a plane through the Bermuda Triangle
  11. Common Core Math
  12. Teaching public school
  13. Sharing an apartment with Sheldon Cooper (knock, knock, knock… Leonard)
  14. Fact checking for The Daily Show
  15. Anal bleaching Ron Jeremy
  16. Trying to talk to my 9-year-old while he plays Minecraft
  17. Declawing Hemingway Cats (they have 6 toes)
  18. Shopping at Target without spending $100
  19. Douching with Brillo
  20. Accompanying Billy Joel (on piano)

Once, I was able to rationalize my way out of a speeding ticket. A couple of times, I’ve been able to have a rational discussion about American politics in a Southern bar. Someday in the future, the same passed-out, drunken-like 4-year-old who is currently driving me to a state of mental discord will try to rationalize with me about curfew, or girlfriends, or a D on his Chemistry midterm… and I’ll listen.

But I’ll have this list in mind the whole time.

And paybacks a bitch.


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13 Thoughts on “20 Things That Are Easier Than Rationalizing With a 4-year-old

  1. You forgot one: Climbing Mt Fucking Everest!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Enough said. I just posted about strewn toilet paper piles I have around the house(unused) that’s my 4 y/o “trash” he is collecting. The trash man comes daily, hourly at our house till he passes out and leaves it for me. Yeah 4!

  3. Haha loved this. 🙂 mine decided that all day was going to be a whine fest accompanied by screaming as though he was in a horror flick.

  4. Hilarious! I’ve owned my own day care, been a pre-k teacher to rooms full of 4 year olds, and have 3 of my own kids. This is spot on!

  5. I can completely sympathize…my house was like a hostage situation last night….I’m feeling very defeated lately. Thanks for the laugh!

  6. Rebecca Farnum!

  7. My son was SUCH a tyrant at this age, an irrational tyrant who terrorized my household with his nonsense! I would answer the telephone, and he would shriek “NO PHONE NO PHONE NO PHONE!” Why? Who knows!

    He makes much more sense at 11, but I think he will go full circle and stop making sense in high school. Help.

  8. As the mother of a 4yo myself I just have to say, this is exactly right. Haha. Except maybe for ruling the galaxy because then you’d just have to deal with more 4yos. No thanks!

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