Dinner time in the my household is sometimes a challenge. There are threats, bribes and often tears… tonight seemed to be heading in the same direction in the Grandparents household.

Master 4 was not eating his dinner and was becoming ruder with statements such as ‘I won’t say hello to you Mummy when you go anywhere.’ Saying ‘I don’t want to have a sleepover at Nana’s house’ meant a trip to time out with tears naturally occurring.

Once the tears had settled down I went to have a conversation with Master 4 about his rudeness. It went a little like this… ‘Master 4, you need to sit up at the table and be nice whilst eating your dinner.’ Master 4′s reply ‘My tummy doesn’t like sleepovers, it was making me say not very nice things. They keep coming up from my tummy. My tummy doesn’t like sleepovers, but I do.’

I gave said tummy a stern talking to and dinner was eaten quite quickly.

So for all those parents wondering why their usually delightful children are being rude or suddenly don’t like things, it’s not them, it’s their tummies!

Posted by Coby, 3/7/13
  • Aww, cute, I’ve never heard of using the tummy as an excuse, creative kid.


  • At least we now have reason and can work from there


  • Omg my son says these things too


  • lol what a funny story but pleased you where able to fix it


  • When we are at Nan and Pop’s house they take charge of the kids and their manners etc.
    Being rude would not have been accepted at all. Nan has a way with words that, that tummy would not be welcome next time. Johnny would but not that tummy!

    • lol i think that i will use that one next time! my daughter will say that her head makes her act silly sometimes lol


  • lol this was a funny story


  • LOL this was so cute! Kids always spit out the funny things.


  • Ah, so that’s the culprit, next time I’ll know better.


  • Well, we all like to be well thought of don’t we? It’s just that little children haven’t developed the sophisticated reasons we adults like to use to redeem a situation. Children aren’t the only ones though who come up with ways not to take responsibility or to avoid consequences. Politicians and celebrities are often caught out in questionable situations and come up with unusual explanations.


  • Kids say the best things. Bet you had to try and smuggle the laughter.


  • Ah what an imagination some children have. As long as the “tummy” excuse doesn’t become a regular fall-back for naughty behaviour and rude words, I guess it’s o.k.


  • So cute. Thanks for sharing.


  • Love what stories kids come up with.


  • These naughty tummies, I’ll have to give them a talking to


  • They have strange imaginations don’t they?!


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