Kids · Parenting

Off buttons are important

There are moments when as a parent you look back and what you have taught your kids and go, “Oh, I probably should have added this to that discussion.” Thankfully when they are little, the consequences of such mistakes on my part aren’t incredibly devastating or life threatening. For example, when I showed Vincent how to use the microwave, showing him where the off button is would have been one of those things to include.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. I say beautiful because Vincent has reached the age where he can get up and get himself breakfast and turn on the tv. It’s fantastic! He came in and asked if he could have a pancake. All he has to do it get one out of the freezer, put it in the microwave, and press the add 30 sec. So, in my half asleep stupor I say yes and instantly fall back to sleep.

A few minutes later, I thought it was seconds, he comes back in and says there is smoke coming off of the pancake. I say it’s just a little steam so don’t worry. I role over and go back to sleep.

Another “few seconds” go by and he comes back in and says,”Mom, it’s really smoking.” At this point I’m just annoyed b cause he has woken me up three times in the last minute and I am exhausted. So I say it’s just steam, and it’s just fine. He runs back into the kitchen and …the smoke alarm goes off! Now me and my husband are both wide awake! We run 🏃‍♀️ not the kitchen and lol and behold it is filled with smoke.

Oops! I guess I should have believed him! Apparently what was a few seconds for me had been about 9 minutes for him!

Yup, it was definitely smoke and not steam!!!

This was what was left of that poor pancake.

I took it right out of the microwave and threw it out on the deck. No, I did not keep the plate either. It was beyond the point of no return.

I had to very quickly fill in the hubby about what was going on so he didn’t freak out like any sane persons would. Lol! And don’t worry, I fixed Vincent a new pancake that was not burnt and showed him where the off button was on the microwave. I am also reminded of the learning experience often because even three months later when I used the microwave a burnt smell would fill the kitchen!

Hey, at least I know my son trusts whatever I tell him I guess! 😉

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