There exists an inverse relationship between the number of times a child says your name to get your attention and the importance of the thing they are about to say.


      1. [While I am on the phone] “Ella’s mom? Ella’s mom? Can you do something for me? How long are you going to be on the phone? Are you off the phone yet? Can you do something *and* talk on the phone? I can wait. Ella’s mom? Ok, I will wait downstairs. I just wanted to let you know I am downstairs waiting, ok?”
        “Ok, thanks for waiting. I am ready! What do you need?”
        “Can you please print me a picture of a dingo?”
      1. [While I am cooking] Mom. Mom! Mom, mom, mom, mom?
        Can I tell you something?
        Thanks. [Deep breath.] My eye doesn’t hurt.
        I am so glad. Did it used to hurt?
        No. It never hurts.
      1. [During bedtime] Mom!  MOM!
        [Climbs two flights of stairs.] What?
        I don’t want to lay on my back. I want to lay on my stomach.
        Thanks, mom!! [Rolls over without assistance.]


Children either say crazy things after calling your name many times, or always.  Further research suggested to identify times when children do not interrupt parents to say crazy things.

Also, be careful how you search for pictures of dingos.

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  1. MI points out this isn’t the whole scientific method. Apparently, ‘experiment’ is an important part for the science and math purists. I majored in political science, though, and just finished coloring several Disney Palace Pet coloring pages, so I am rusty on such rigorous methods. Plus, I like to abridge things.

  2. LOL! I love this. And I know what you mean about being careful searching for things. I once searched for cougars to show some images of them to my boys (at the time we lived in rural WA and there were cougar sightings around their school). We got an eyeful.

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