02 Nov
Let’s Play House! You Be the Dumbass Husband!

As you all know, things here at Mouthy Housewives Headquarters usually run like a well-oiled machine. However, occasionally we’ll have what the Germans call a “Snafu.” (Or maybe it’s the Portuguese who say that, we were never big on languages.) Anyway, one of those snafus just happened in which we answered a question twice. Twice! But, where there’s confusion, there’s opportunity or something like that. So read Wendi’s answer here today, then click on over to BlogHerMoms and see how Tonya answered it. (Just don’t tell us which one you like better or we’ll have to set up the boxing ring again.)

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My children have a friend that we see quite regularly and I’ve noticed that on EVERY occasion their pretend play revolves around playing house type games. This would normally be fine, but the “couple,” whether it be a princess and a race car dating or a regular family with baby dolls, seem to be rather whiny and fussy towards one another. I feel that I might be hearing private conversations from this child’s house.

Am I being overly concerned about this area of imaginary play with the kids (ages 4-7) or should I just leave them alone? I feel that the neighbor child is rather young to be so wrapped up in boy/girl relationships. Or is that normal?

Signed,

Worried That Playing House is Becoming a Reality Show

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Dear Worried That Playing House is Becoming a Reality Show,

First of all, let me warn you against Googling “girl wrapped up in boy/girl” like I just did. Holy mother of pearl, how do sex models even breathe with all of those leather restraints blocking their airways? They’re like porno Houdinis or something. I think I need to rest a moment here.

 

OK, I’m back. Now, let me just say upfront that I have two boys and they never really played “House.” Which is good because if they had, I’m sure our neighbors would have been treated to a lot of, “Why do you always park the car like you’re drunk, wife?” and “Maybe if you ever unloaded the dishwasher, I’d be a better driver, husband.” Because we all know it’s normal for kids to mimic what they hear at home and I’m pretty sure that’s what you’re hearing from this child.

Now, should you be concerned about it? Yes, if the little girl is saying things like, “I’ll sue your ass for alimony so fast your head will spin, jackass” to your kids or hitting them, but probably not if it’s more mundane domestic crap. Maybe she does have some disharmony at home and this is simply her way of working through it. If you know either of her parents very well, you can maybe say something benign to them like, “She sure loves to play house and fight with her pretend husband!” and see if that sets off any alarm bells. Sure it’s a little passive aggressive, but that way you’re not obviously sticking your nose in their business.

If it were me, I’d just let them continue playing what they want to play if everyone’s happy. Because chances are they’ll eventually get bored with playing “House” and move on to something new.

Like “Shacking Up.”

Good luck,

Wendi, TMH

10 Responses to “Let’s Play House! You Be the Dumbass Husband!”

11.02.11#1

Comment by Cate8.

this has sent my weird brain racing with snippets of conversations that could be overheard here. LOL
lots revolving around my ‘instructional seminars’ where I try to reteach my children on how to 1. flush the toilet, 2. reload the tp roll, 3. put their clothes in the hamper etc (btw all kids are over 5 yrs old)
thanks for the chuckle!!!

11.02.11#2

Comment by Bean.

It may just be the age. Whiny & fussy seems to be a phase kids go through sometime between 5 & 7.

And given boy-girl relationships are kind of the center of (many) kids lives – their parents’ relationship is the one they see most often, I don’t think it’s unusual for them to be focused on them.

11.02.11#3

Comment by VG.

This reminded me of the story my Aunt likes to tell about me at age 3 or 4, playing with my Barbie dolls, basically reenacting the events of my household from the night before…
My mother had a “way with words” if you catch my drift, so I, in turn, was doing the same with my dolls. My Aunt brought it up to my Mom gently, my mom again, used her eloquent vocabulary to come to my defense.
My mom’s a peach! LMAO!!!

11.02.11#4

Comment by Laffin So Hard.

Try having a child with autism and echolalia in the house. He will occassionally come out with word for word conversations that are up to two years old, and have lasted up to an hour. It is like living during Watergate with my own personal Woodward and Bernstein. After hearing this unusual phenomonen for the first time, his dad and I looked at each other, and decided we could never fight, or make up where he could hear it.

Wendi Reply:

Ha ha!

Laffin So Hard Reply:

You are a cruel, cruel woman, Wendi. 🙂

11.02.11#5

Comment by kelcey.

I would not worry two seconds about this. But if they are going to play house, I would see if you can convince them to actually do some cleaning.

Rosstwinmom Reply:

You my friend, are a genius.

Tonya Reply:

I will now try and convince my son that LOVES playing house.

03.21.12#6

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