Posted by on February 23, 2014

My husband just told my son to “grow up”. When he did, my head kind of exploded.
I don’t want that.
I’m in my 40’s and legally an adult but I’m far from a grown up. If you want to be technical, yes, I’m a “grown up” but I really hate using that term.

Let’s look at the term grown up :

1. having reached the age of maturity.
2. characteristic of or suitable for adults: grown-up behavior; grown-up fiction.
1. An adult

While I’m definitely the noun, I don’t ever want to be considered the adjective. I’ve done enough grown up behavior for two lifetimes. I’ve been a teacher and a boss; both have job requirements of “grownupiness”. I’ve done my part and if, professionally, it was required I could do it again.

But not now. Not here with my kids.
They have an adult for a mom but not a grown-up.
Confused yet? Here’s an example of what I mean:

•I’m an adult feeding my children dinner. Tonight is pizza night. I choose to have my daughter tell her daddy she wants “rainbows and trucks” on her pizza.

•I’m contemplating wearing pigtails tomorrow.

•Skittles is not in a food group yet I think they make a perfectly good lunch option.

•I car dance.

•Yes, I find farts funny.

•Video game playing is a must do in our house.

•If I wasn’t writing this, I would be building my son’s newest LEGO set right now.

Think those are all adult activities? Then you would agree with my statement.

We can all be adults here. What type of adult is completely up to you.




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  1. Darcy Perdu
    February 24, 2014

    Bwahaha! “Rainbows and trucks” on her pizza! I love that! And dammit, farts ARE funny! I agree with you!

  2. Linda Roy
    February 24, 2014

    Yes! You’re my people Kristi! You know what’s ironic? In the post you commented on, I actually refer to myself as a grown up, but only for comedic effect, because I don’t consider myself to be a grown up unless I absolutely have to. My husband will back me up on that. 😉 I wear pigtails and Dr. Seuss converse sneakers. Joie d’vivre, I say! Let’s keep the youth flowing, shall we? *fist bump*

  3. Natalie the Singingfool
    February 24, 2014

    Me too! Me too! 🙂

  4. Kristi - Finding Ninee
    February 24, 2014

    Your name is awesome and I’m not an adult, either. Ever. Well, when I was the boss and stuff whatever but YAAYYYYY to Legos. Um, I’m so not admitting that I bought my son a $95 one tonight and spent 2.5 hours assembling it. By myself.

  5. Roshni Aamom
    February 24, 2014

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is completely optional!!

  6. Amanda Jillian
    March 9, 2014

    Sounds like my house. We get older but don’t grow up, even Papa says he’s a child.

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