Genetic perseverance

There is one thing about my boys that I have to sometimes put in perspective.

They are persistent little people.

It is something that everyone who comes in contact with them notices.   They just ooze perseverance.   My mother-in-law says, “if you can just harness that power, those boys will go places”.

Using that force for good.

Not evil.

Right now they have harnessed that force to drive me insane.

The other night after they went to bed I made brownies.   I packaged up the brownies into a see-through plastic container and set it on the kitchen counter.   In the morning the boys tumbled down the stairs one by one…

Rhett(4) walked into the kitchen, noticed the brownies instantly and said, “Mommy, can I have brownies for breakfast?”


Ryan(8) walked into the kitchen, noticed the brownies instantly and said, “Mommy, can I have brownies for breakfast?”


I stepped into the room adjacent to the kitchen where I was out of their sight, but could still hear what the boys were saying.

Reid(6) walked into the kitchen, noticed the brownies instantly and said to his brothers, “I am going to ask mommy for brownies for breakfast!”

Ryan reported, “We already asked and it didn’t work”.

I moved back into the kitchen and guess what Reid asked me?

Can I have brownies for breakfast?

In the 8 years I have been a mother I have NEVER EVER EVER served brownies for breakfast.   In the 4, 6 and 8 years they have been alive they have never had brownies for breakfast.

Bless their optimistic little hearts.


  1. Hey, there is something to be said for such perseverance! I currently live with a very persistent 7 year old boy and I know what you mean when you say they can use it to bring you down. But just remember you’re teaching them the valuable lesson of learning to take NO for an answer, too! 😉

  2. Tell them they can have brownies for breakfast when they are older. That answer always drives my kids absolutely crazy!

  3. (whispers) i’ve let my kids have brownies for breakfast. very rarely.

  4. You just have to admire them for being so patient and persevering. Bless their determined hearts that beat with the will of fire!

  5. How cute and funny! My three year old is the exact.same.way and asks for the silliest things for breakfast sometimes. At least they keep it entertaining, right?!?!

    LOVE your blog btw and just became a new follower!

  6. Ahhh good old junk food for breakfast! I use to let my kids have certain “Junk” foods for breakfast. Only once in a while though! That being once or twice a month!

  7. Heh. I, um, have let my kids have cake for breakfast. Does that make me a bad mommy? I poured milk in the bowl too. Does that make it any better?!

    Brownies would be much better IMHO

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