Guess Who Got Grounded?


Wednesday 04 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

Yep, you got it, Cousin Spike Jnr was grounded for a while… On the whole he’s a good kid. He’s smart for a 5 year old, quite intelligent, generally polite, knows how to behave and does his chores ok, and he is hard working at school by all accounts, although he ‘drifts’ at times (sounds familiar). However, he is also my kid, and therefore a ‘mini-me’ in many ways. Personally I think it’s all part and parcel of a curse my mom put on me as payback for all the hideous childhood years she had to endure during the 1970’s.

Anyway, back to our small person. As mentioned the other day in Quite The Budding Artist and the one about My First Blog Post, Cousin Spike Jnr has become somewhat of an artist as he discovers his creative genes. 

On Sunday we was making pictures of monsters and things like that, as you do… All was well, he played happily, homework all finished by Saturday night, whilst us growed-ups got on with some work in the other room.

Later in the afternoon, we were all outside in the sun. It was not hot, but a thin jacket was sufficient as long as you kept in the sun (cold weather is a relative thing I guess – it was still 16C, 60F). All of a sudden I noticed his jim-jams looked odd (he lives and dies in them on Sunday’s… coz it’s his “day off” as he explains.

I called him over

“Why is there a hole in you jim-jams mister?
Did you fall over or something?”

“No daddy, I dunno”

“So what happened?”

No reply.
I had a closer look and saw it wasn’t a tear in the fabric,
it was a ‘hole’, and quite a uniform shaped hole at that.

“What’s this?” I asked knowingly

“I wanted a monster for my picture, so I cut one out”

He had indeed. He had quite neatly cut out one of the monster figures from the front of his pyjama trousers!!  Oh, he is SO like a little me!




As a result he was grounded. Or to translate that into his language; no more Angry Birds Star II for the rest of the day (he’s already had an hour anyway). Off he stomped indoors in a huff. He surfaced a while later, a bit sheepish; even bordering on apologetic. Looks like his lesson was learned anyway 🙂 well, for this week at least. Having been the forerunner to his antics, I just know this is just the start.

* UPDATE *  –  For those concerned about his punishment for using his creativity… just remember that we know this lad, we have seen him day in, day out, and both we AND he know the difference between creative mischief and misbehaviour. He already knew it was wrong and we had to reinforce that.

Afterwards he and Aunty Spike went off and made a 3-D Angry Birds scene together in place of yet more time with face stuck in the tablet screen (which we withdrew for the remainder of that day). So, harsh, I don’t think so, not when, as his parents, we know pretty well how to motivate him, and that includes encouragement and punishment – there has to be boundaries in my mind.

Did make me laugh though; and cringe at what I must have put my own parents through! (and believe me, it was pretty bad)…


35 thoughts on “Guess Who Got Grounded?

  1. timecollage says:

    ROFL, cutting up the monster from the pajamas, that is brilliantly creative! If it’s all in the name of art, I say let it be! 😀


  2. This is absolutely hilarious! Boys will be boys. 🙂


  3. mango1531 says:

    I hate to say that this is hilarious and awesome.. But then again it’s easier for me to say that, not being my kid 🙂


  4. Great Aunt Spike says:

    Chip off the old block for sure


  5. I thought to commiserate with little Spike for being punished for his creativity but you beat me to that thought.


  6. raiz1972 says:

    Cough splutter , tea coming out my nose . Now stopped laughing , yes a grounding was in order for little spike . can we see the picture as it may have been worth it 🙂


  7. Joe says:

    But where else was he supposed to get a picture of monster from Spike ? Have a great day 😉


  8. punishing Spike Jr for being creative? oh my! 🙂


  9. Seems rather harsh Spike! Pyjamas are replaceable, moments like that are unique!
    I once cut a picture of Oliver Cromwell out of a book for a school project – my dad went crazy and I never really understood why!


  10. Gill McGrath says:

    Now lets see the jim jams with a nice new patch lovingly sewed over it with may be an embroidered ”a monster was ‘ere” sewn on the patch. Then maybe keep it as a keep sake for the boy along with his baby photos, for his eighteenth birthday……..


  11. mikesteeden says:

    Sounds to me that imagination trumped vandalism! Also sounds like you’ve got a great kid there. Very fine piece of writing by the way.


  12. newbloggycat says:

    Aww..he just wanted a monster for his picture :). Not so long ago, my two-year old drew pictures on the bedsheet with a black marker 😦


  13. Kim13 says:

    Oh come one…he should have at least gotten some credit for problem solving! 🙂


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