Full disclosure: When I was a kid, my biggest trick was to hide under my bed and read books when I was supposed to be helping my mom with housework. When she’d ask where I’d been, I’d make up some kind of excuse. “Helping Dad in the garage” was risky because she could always check in with my dad. “Reading a book for school” was a good one because she rarely talked to my teachers about assignments. She also didn’t look too closely at the covers of my books to see that I was actually reading Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, or later, Flowers in the Attic.
Now that I’m a parent, I’m on the other side of the excuses. When my son is trying to get out of chores or homework, he typically says he’s “gotta do something important.” This can translate to doing anything from somersaults on the bed to taking his lizard out for an impromptu stroll.
I think all parents are experts at fielding excuses from their kids, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably heard a million! Now Empowering Parents is giving you a way to use those excuses to win a free iPad! All you have to do is upload a short video of yourself, your child, your friends — whatever or whoever you’d like — and tell us about the funniest excuse your child has ever given you. You can also do a re-enactment with your child (if they’re game) or your spouse.
Click here for contest details — but hurry! EP’s “Funny Excuses Kids Make Video Contest” ends on March 29, 2013.
About Elisabeth Wilkins
Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.