It Isn’t Brain Surgery… But It Could Be

As a parent, it’s sometimes hard to know if your kids are really listening to you. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest they aren’t.

So when Natalie would tell her 6-year-old “You could crack your head open!”, she wasn’t sure if her daughter was getting the message.

Now she’s sure. GN was definitely listening. And then some.

I should wear a helmet because: so I will not crack my head open & have brain surgery.

The National Council for Scaring Children into Practicing Healthy Habits has found its newest spokesperson, and, for a minimal appearance fee, GN is available to talk to your children about wearing their helmets, as well as other topics, such as eating their vegetables, toothbrushing, and crossing their eyes.

And you can’t imagine what she has to say about BB guns.


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Posted on June 28, 2011, in School Assignments and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 94 Comments.

  1. I imagine she’d have a thing or two to say about pool safety. 😉

  2. What her work lacks in setting, characters and details, it more than makes up for in capitalization, punctuation and spaces. She even used a colon correctly! This former English teacher is impressed.

    • As her mom noted in the email submission, there is definitely one character involved here, and that’s the writer. And, yes, her writing is very impressive. She’s been paying attention to her mom and her teacher.

  3. I love her checklist at the bottom, too.

    Not only will she not crack her head open, but she knows the value of proper punctuation and capitalization.


  4. I would like to “like” all of your comments, but it isn’t an option. This girl is my daughter, and grammar is a very important thing in our house. I shudder to think what language will be in ten years.

  5. Order of Sort

    She is wise beyond her years.

  6. Jess Witkins

    I really hope Natalie saves that for her graduation party. That is a priceless piece of artistic advice! If she can get her draw other healthy anecdotes I bet you could sell them for greeting card covers or school posters on safety. I would absolutely buy this.

    Congrats on having SKW be Freshly Pressed!

  7. lol, this is awesome! and she DOES listen!

  8. Whatcha Find?

    Hilarious, I love it. Kids are so honest and (usually) more realistic and accurate than adults. More entertaining anyways!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  9. lol funny! The checklist at the bottom is so cute! 😀

    Congrats on making FP!

  10. haha 🙂 A very good spokesperson indeed.

  11. Yip…definitely listening.

    I still have the picture my then-6-year-old drew proclaiming she is routinely “torchered” by her step mom. Complete with “samwiches with only a smeer of peanut butter.”

    Love that!


  12. Chase and Leanne: Congrats on getting the new site some publicity with a little Freshly Pressed action. This is a good one, and a valuable lesson for all kids. Let’s avoid brain surgery wherever possible, right?

  13. Wickedly and brilliantly funny! GN deserves this prize of freshly pressed! Next thing you know she’ll be a WordPress spokesperson! Congrats to her. Now we want to see this drawing!

  14. WOOHOO!!! Congrats on making FP!!!

  15. Aww how cute! It’s so amazing how kids soak up so much of what you say even when you think they’re not listening. I used to nanny and I loved helping the kids with their writing assignments because you never knew when they would produce something brilliant like this!

  16. I’m sure she’s happy knowing her daughter actually listens.

    National Council for Scaring Children into Practicing Healthy Habits, lol! 🙂

  17. that’s hilarious! my son is 2 and a half, and is currently in mimic mode. he retains just about everything that comes out of my mouth, although he may not understand. it’s funny to try and talk through things with him in a way that he can comprehend. i love it!

  18. I love the checklist! There’s a bright and golden future out there for this kid, the one with the checklist always rules 🙂

  19. Smart kid. We didn’t have helmets when I was young. It just goes to show they actually take it all in.

  20. Great to see you guys on Freshly Pressed!

  21. So lovely to see you on Freshly Pressed! I still laugh at one of the first posts of yours that I read where your son talked about his cherry juice and where it was at the dinner table. It kept me laughing out loud for days! I’ll have to dig a little deeper into the Kids Stuff Write but I’m sure I’ll love it. Congrats!

  22. I grew up with my mom using the same exact “scare” tactics! I’m still unraveling some of the less than factual things she would say would happen if I wasn’t careful or didn’t follow the rules. Really enjoy this blog..

  23. That is adorable! It’s funny what information is actually retained because it does feel like you’re talking to a wall sometimes. Silly kids!

  24. Hahaha! Priceless.

  25. I’m glad that they also drew a bike because if they just started talking about wearing helmets and having their heads not crack open, I’d be a lot worried about their mental state.

  26. great advise for my cousin who recently split his head open, cool post.

  27. Hey if you wear a helmet on bikes as a kid, Adults should wear them on motorcycles too! IN IL we don’t have a helmet law.

  28. heidihappened

    Love what GN wrote! Now if only we could have had that fellow who was busily protesting wearing helmuts on motorcycles read it before he crashed, hit his head and passed on. Some kids are smarter than adults!

  29. It looks as though you and your child have the same handwriting…I heard it’s genetic!
    Cute post.

  30. thegrammaniac

    A friend lectured me today for not wearing a bike helmet. No where in the conversation did she mention that I might have to have brain surgery if I go helmet-less. Children are pure geniuses. 🙂

  31. At least she got the message and didn’t link it with opening fruits 🙂

  32. Mission accomplished, well done on FP too.

  33. amazing! i love it 🙂

  34. heheh kids are so funny 🙂

  35. As a mother of a 6 year old daughter also, I am impressed with your daughter well done 🙂 I must be a funny mum when I drink alcohol, because my 6 year old always says when I treat myself to a bottle of cider and whilst twirling her index finger by the side of her head… “you’re gonna go crayzeee”

  36. hahahahahahha….

    I sometimes wonder was I just as impressionable when i was a kid… !??

  37. Great site! Kids always manage a way of getting right to the point.

  38. Way to go on the FP tip! So glad all these people saw what a great site this i

  39. I’m sure I’ll will! Kids are just amazing in their own ways!

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