Hoodlum or Munchkin?

I have many names for my brood of children. I’ve been told not to call them “hoodlums” because they do not fit the definition (thug, ruffian, bully). Technically this is true, but if you lived with them, you would understand why I sometimes refer to them as a group of hoodlums!

For example, my kids could be squeaky clean and freshly starched when they exit our house. (Reality check:  They are rarely both at the same time, but it does happen occasionally.) Give them 15 minutes outdoors and at least two of them will emerge as the spitting image of White Trash (also referred to by some as “trailer trash”). I cannot tell you how many pars of pants have become shorts due to holes in the knees. Oxiclean and Shout are mandatory for each load of laundry. Smudged faces, sticky fingers (I don’t want to know!), and tangled hair are part of my hourly cleanup tasks.

But I was still surprised to overhear one of my children ask two of the others which they were:  munchkin or hoodlum?

Do you have any nicknames that you refer to your family/kids as?


About doucementgently

I'm a thirty-something female with loads of kids, a great husband, and lots of things on my mind. I plan on blogging about homeschooling, personal finance, the economy in the U.S., politics, family life, and the things my children do.
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