We’re not supposed to say, “I told you so.” It isn’t polite. Is isn’t nice. But it is oh so hard to resist:
When your child falls and skins her knee and wails after you warned her not to run in the street
When too much laughing leads to crying
When the vase breaks and children scatter after being told not to throw the ball in the house
When the milk spills after you’ve warned them not to put the glass so close to the edge of the table
When the delicate tip of the knife breaks after you’ve asked your husband not to use your good knife as a screwdriver
When you’ve reminded and nagged your daughter to hurry up or she’ll miss the school bus – and she does
Oh, how I want to say, “I told you so!” But No. I don’t. Instead I ask, “what did you learn?” It’s sneaky, I know. But, they agree – I told them so.