Just tell them what to do…

I find it interesting that children love to pretend to have jobs that they would probably hate as adults. Take for example, my daughter. She currently can’t stop pretending to be a waitress. She actually asks  me to boss her around and tell her what to do. Keep in mind, when I do this as a mother, she isn’t a big fan. However, when I’m acting as a customer, then suddenly that girl has the patience of a saint.

And then there’s my son. He loves to clean. He wants to sweep, wash windows, empty the dishwasher – everything a housewife/housekeeper hates to do. However, I have no doubt that in about fifteen years I’ll have to hold my nose when I visit his college dorm room and probably have to invest in a hazmat suit just for Parents Weekend.

So I tried to get my daughter to play a new game the other day. I said, “Let’s pretend to be teachers!”  Her reply, “Ok, you be the teacher and I’ll be the student – tell me what to do and give me schoolwork to finish.”

So I started thinking. And it hit me. Maybe waitresses, housekeepers, teachers and every other occupation really aren’t that different. Someone is always telling us what to do, aren’t they? Geez, at least with waitressing you make tips… It would be awesome if someone showed up at my door with cash after I finished vacuuming and making dinner and said, “Looks great, keep the change.”

Ah well. At least I still get to tell my kids what to do…even if it is just pretend.



  1. I want someone to come to my door with cash! How nice would that be?! Well wishful thinking anyway…. Can I borrow your son?

  2. I love the innocence of kids!! One of my favorite games to play with my little brother was “restaurant”. We made menus and our parents were the customers. Today, I don’t know that I could survive being a waitress!!

    • Martinis and Minivans says:

      I made the worlds worst waitress. I actually dropped a hot coffee on Newt Gingrich once. It was right around the time it was found out he was cheating on his former wife so I guess karma was a bitch for him then.

  3. marguerite zangrillo says:

    My granddaughters also played waitress and they got indignant when they didn’t like the tip they got from their invisible customer. Sort of like art imitating life.

  4. If only someone would say, “Keep the change!!”, lol!! Seriously, it is more like they turn a blind eye on all I do around here daily. But you are right my daughter recently was pretending to make dinner in her play kitchen and was asking me what I wanted (and wanting me to boss her around). Why can’t it be that easy when I actually do want her to do something??

    • Martinis and Minivans says:

      I’m still working on getting my children to make cocktails and vacuum. No success yet.

  5. My 6 yr. old wanted to play doctor with me while she is the doctor and I am the patient…..NO WAY! I love my 6 yr. old, but I don’t trust her.. Knowing her she would probably try and cut my arm off for real just to see if she could re attach it on her own! O.O

    • Martinis and Minivans says:

      Ha! My son tried to basically feel me up checking my heart the other day. Needless to say, he’s probably not going to be a doctor with all the possible lawsuits…

  6. Oooh, interesting observation! My daughter is six, and also loves to play waitress and school, however she seems to have found scenarios with her playing in which SHE Is the one bossing us around! Bossiest waitress ever…

  7. Haha…enjoy this moment until it lasts, my friend 😉

    • Martinis and Minivans says:

      I know. Though, I did ask her to make me a cocktail and she couldn’t do it. Her future as a bartender is looking bleak…

  8. Somehow I think you got lucky… the kiddos I watch are currently finding any and every possible way to boss ME around without it being “reality”.
    “Erica, let’s play mailman. Now you sign here! Quick!”
    “Erica, let’s play police. Uh, oh. You got ANOTHER ticket. You need to follow the rules.”
    “Erica, you have to be cinderella and I get to be Lady Tremaine. Start mopping!”
    But congrats to you :)

    • Martinis and Minivans says:

      Ok, I don’t think I can handle having a playdate at your house. Sounds like a lot of work!!

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