Food and Drink · Parenting · Son

Snap, Crackle, Pop. Pop. Pop.

My boy eats cereal.

The reason I even mention this is because he's decided at the age of twelve to grow taller and he seems to be hungry. All. the. time.

Unreasonable child.

But, that said, cereal is perfect. It's easy to prepare, he eats the reasonably nutritious stuff and he can get it himself whenever he wants.

What he can't seem to figure out however is how to put his cereal bowl and spoon into the dishwasher when he's done eating.

He leaves them everywhere. On the table, on the counter, on his bedside table and today? He even tried to shove it under the family room couch.


Have you ever seen cereal and milk harden on a bowl after it's been left sitting out for a few hours? It turns into cement. It just gets um, disgusting. 

So, I've threatened and I've nagged him about it. I've even talked about it in front of his friends to try and embarrass him into cleaning up after himself.

Nothing seems to be working.

I should probably just give up and find myself another battle.

But I don't want to.

I've never considered myself a crazy OCD kinda Mom so I should be able to just let this one go.



Tonight these dirty cereal bowls are really annoying me. 

Really, really annoying me.


9 thoughts on “Snap, Crackle, Pop. Pop. Pop.

  1. If it makes you feel any better, I fight the same battle at my house. Well, except the under the couch thing…that is pretty nasty 🙂 If I find a solution I will let you know but don’t hold your breath


  2. I do not know why my son does this either…bowls and bowls of cereal, under the couch, behind the couch, under the bed, in his room. THATS WHERE all the spoons are…


  3. I get annoyed with kids leaving things around like the cleaning fairy will show up to take care of it. I hate to burst their bubble but I am the cleaning fairy and someone has clipped my wings.


  4. Milk is akin to glue. The Boy at 15 is able to not only get his cereal bowl to the sink, but This also keeps me hopeful that his sisters will also exhibit such behavior one day.


  5. Sadly, I have seen these same bowls scatter around my home (and yes…even under beds/couches)! And it isn’t just the 12 1/2 yr old, or 9 year old, nor the almost 7 year old …not even the almost 5 year old who do this …it is the darn 42 year old, too! Grrrrrr.
    And it is no surprise that you can make GLUE from MILK!!
    Share this little bit of info with your kids:
    The protein in the milk can be used to make glue. The protein in the milk is casein.
    Casein is actually a micelle consisting of a protein subunit that somehow stabilizes the micelle so that it limits its
    growth and stays dispersed in the milk colloid. The other components of casein are calcium and phosphate ions.
    When the protein subunit is removed from the casein micelle, they can clot together to form the curd that can be
    further treated to make cheese or an adhesive suitable for use in paper, plastics, or glues. When mixed with lime,
    the curds form a material know as whitewash, which was used in colonial times to paint houses.
    Elmer’s® glue used to be made from casein, however, it is now made from a polymer, polyvinylacetate (PVA) since that polymer is more stable and has a long shelf storage life. Elmer’s® blue gel glue is made from polyvinylalcohol.


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