If your house is anything like ours, 90% of the time you ask your kids to do something, their response will start with “I just….”
A simple request of of “put your shoes on so we can go to the store,” can result in as many as dozen “I just………” reasons why it is simply not physically possible to put down their iPad and extend their little arms the three feet required to reach their Crocs. (Which inevitably they will just need some help finding due to their chronic case of shoe-blindness.)
You are not alone. This poem is for you and all the parents out there who have children suffering from a severe case of the “I Justs…”
I just need a minute to finish this show.
I just need to go get one more Lego.
I just need you to go find my shoe.
I just forgot I need to go pee (or poo).
I just need two dollars to play this game.
I just need him to stop being so lame!
I just need to finish this level I’m on.
I just need a minute…I’m not tired…(yawn)
I just need to hear the rest of this song.
I just want to tell you all the ways you’re wrong.
I just forgot my back pack….Oh, and my coat…
I just forgot…you need to sign this teacher’s note.
I just need one more snack for the car.
I just need you to get the lid off this jar.
I just need to say, in case you don’t know
I just think you need to eat poetic crow.
I just wasn’t born saying “I just” all day long
I just learned it from my “I just” saying mom.
This ending brought to you by the mom who told her children “I just need two more minutes” approximately 147 times this morning.
If you enjoyed this poem but were thinking to yourself, I sure wish it included more f-bombs, then you’ll love my other parenting poem, “Shut the F*ck Up – A Poem for Clueless Parents”.
Once upon a time, Susanne Kerns was a Senior Account Director at an advertising agency working for two of the top brands in the world. Nine years ago she traded in her corporate life for a life as a stay at home mom, raising two of the best kids in the world. She started her blog, The Dusty Parachute as a way to dust off her online advertising skills and begin her job search. Instead, she now uses it as a way to spend lots of time on the computer so her kids think that mommy has a job.
Susanne’s essays have been featured in Scary Mommy, BonBon Break and Redbook and she is also a contributor in the upcoming books, It’s Really 10 Months, Special Delivery and Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder Woe & WTF?! You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.