by Marinka on April 16, 2012

I was really surprised by the comments on this post urging me never to let my 10 year old son touch my laptop.

And so was he. As a matter of fact, when I mentioned it to him, he took matters into his own hands and wrote a response. (And when I say matters, I mean my laptop) See? I didn’t even realize what was happening.

This is what he wrote:

I think I should use my Moms laptop because sharing is caring. Also I have to share every thing with my family so why not share with me? I just wanted to use it for homework not keep it for 40 years! Also it doesn’t matter what you bloggers say it’s about what my Mom says! ☺

I don’t think I’ll ruin it because I have experience with other computers and I haven’t damaged one!

My Mom says this is one thing she has for her own and doesn’t have to share. That is a lie because she doesn’t have to share her kindle, TV and a lot of other stuff. I have to share video games, TV and my presents.

And then I asked him some follow-up questions:

Marinka: Do you think your mom deserves to have something that she doesn’t have to share?

Young Ladrinka: She could get it as a gift, which she did, but she already has enough things of her own.

Marinka: If your mom lets you use her laptop, if later on you are dating someone that she doesn’t like, will you break up with her because your mom shared her laptop?

YL: I don’t get that.

Marinka: Like if you have a girlfriend who your mom doesn’t like, will you break up with her because your mom lent you her laptop and you owe her?

YL: No. Because that’s a little too big.

Marinka: What’s a little too big?

YL: Giving up a person.

Marinka: Who is she?!

YL: I don’t know!

Marinka: But what if I really hate her?

YL: Too bad!

Marinka: Fume!

YL: Oh well.

Marinka: This is why you can’t use my laptop.


In other words, thank you, dear readers for your wisdom.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

cocobean April 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

you could always say that if he wants you to share something you want to keep for yourself, that he has to accept sharing something that you don’t like having all to yourself (like cleaning the toilet or doing dishes or some other fun thing around the house that no one cares is ALL mom’s job)



April 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

Love love this! I can’t wait until I can have a battle of the minds with my 1.5 year old daughter 🙂


RebeccaNYC April 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

poor, poor YL. so deprived. I love that he told us that we don’t have a say in your life. So so funny.


Megan April 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Um. You shared your body with him. I think you’re done.


April 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Amen. That’s all.


Phoenix Rising
April 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I especially like his point that he would not be using it for 40 years. 🙂 LOVE THIS!!!!


Danielle April 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I agree with Cocobean. And Megan too. Haha.


NDK April 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Your kids are either going to be able to handle anything, or need a therapist. You crack me up!


Heather April 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I would like to remind Ladrinka that I said you should let him use your new computer. I am totally crush I didn’t get a personal response from him. I let my kids use my laptop, bake (to perfection!) from-scratch brownies, AND I let my children get a (temporary) puppy. I don’t know what I need to do to get some recognition, but invoking the name of Jesus obviously isn’t it.


April 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

haha. I think you have a very valid argument there.


the mama bird diaries
April 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I hate his future girlfriend so much. She sounds awful.


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes April 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

He’ll make a great lawyer one day.


Alexandra April 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

So, hoping you took my advice and didn’t let him on to your laptop.



Ester Jean June 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

“Who is she!?”
Marinka, you’re the best.
I have a brand new son and worry every day about the women he’ll date and elbows he’ll take to the face playing baseball 🙁


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