by Marinka on December 6, 2011

If your ten year old Young Ladrinka calls out to you, from his room, in a voice dubbed by an angel, “Mom, I’m tired! Could you please come and tuck me in? I want to tell you about my day!” and you sing, “I’ll be right there, sunbeam!” and then you go to tuck in your darling son and as you round the corner he jumps out and yells BOO! and at that moment you decide to teach him a lesson that he will never forget and you grab your chest and stumble to the floor, faux-gasping for air, is it better to mouth “h-ear-t-a-tt-ack” to really drive the message home or is that too unrealistic and will give away that you’re pretending?

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Andy December 6, 2011 at 10:31 am



Megan December 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

Try to speak, but make it look like you’re unable. That’ll scare him more.


Alexandra December 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

I play charades heart attack all the time.

It cracks me up.


DawnA December 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

Hmmm, I would save the payback on that for when he’s not expecting it. Hide in his closet when it’s bedtime and jump out when he’s in bed. Of course consider if it’s a good scare he may be sleeping with you for the next year.


Sophie@Fabrications December 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

Somehow, I don’t think he’ll ever believe you.


December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Seems pretty realistic to me. Go for it. Teach that little cretin a lesson.

Just remember to call it off before he calls for your husband or you’re dead meat.


December 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’m all for teaching a lesson, but with my kids I can’t use up all my “fakes.”

It’ll be a “boy who cried wolf” situation when the real one comes.


Michelle December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I think mouthing or not mouthing as long as you’re ‘dead’ on the floor for at least 3 minutes, you can’t go wrong either way.


December 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm


Although one day surprise mooning him would also drive home a message. What message I have no idea.


Loukia December 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Maybe the mouthing of the words is going a tad too far… 😉
But holy sh*t, have my boys scared the living daylights out of me. One time, my six year old woke up, and was standing at the top of the stairs. I went up to see what was going on, (while watching a creepy episode of Criminal Minds) and saw him, standing there. He freaked me out, so naturally, I screamed at the top of my lungs, making him cry his head off in fear at my screaming at him. Way to go, me.


December 7, 2011 at 7:26 am

Okay, that is adorable that he did that.


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes December 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

You must clutch your left arm! Not your chest and just sit down quitly and say ‘I don’t feel so good’ then fall down. That is how my dad did it, of course the joke was on him when he found out that he actually really needed 5 bypasses…


December 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

What is it with boys? My two little darlings found a giant, furry fake tarantula and put it under the covers before I got into bed one night. My reaction caused hysterical laughter from my sons. And my husband.


awesome dude December 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

Go to Home Depot, buy chain, attach it to the wall. Make “time on chain” real option for this guy.

If this does not work, “graded castration” is the only solution.


Kelly December 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

OK, that would traumatize me for life. And yet, that’s not necessarily a “no” vote…also, I like your Dad’s suggestion.


dusty earth mother December 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

Don’t walk into the light, Marinka.


Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him
December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Ha, do the action movie death where you lay there, seemingly dead, until you reach up and grab his neck.


the mama bird diaries
December 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Sunbeam is in trouble.


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