One of my biggest pet peeves in the morning is having to smell people’s morning breath.  We’re a lovey dovey bunch so we’re up close and personal – in each other’s laps, slobbery kisses being exchanged – you get the picture.  But it seems that the older they get, the worse the morning breath is.  It’s really a shame.  I remember well the sweet, milky scent of their babyhood and how I wished they would always smell that pure first thing in the morning.  Reality check:  even the 2.5 year old has joined the realm of making mama’s eyes tear up (and not in a good way).

This morning I asked them all to brush their teeth before leaving the house.  A while later I asked if everyone had done as I’d asked.  They all responded with an enthusiastic yes.  My next request was for them to let me smell their breath.  I knew what the results would be.  It was a total set up.  I had my camera ready and this is what I captured.  2 out of 3 knew the gig was up.  The youngest is still too innocent to get it.  He hadn’t brushed either, but couldn’t wait to give me a whiff.



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  1. Kate #
    March 27, 2012

    Oh, I love this! I pull this trick on my 12-yr.-old boy all the time. Also, feel their toothbrushes—another good way to bust them! ; )

    • March 29, 2012

      They’re on to the wetting the toothbrush thing. They’ve tried it. I find smelling their breath to be the only way to know for sure..

  2. March 27, 2012

    Thanks for the good laugh. Sorry about the stink.

    • March 29, 2012

      In terms of stink, I’ve been warned that the worst is yet to come. I’m scared.

  3. March 28, 2012

    LoooL…I have the same pet peeve and find the weekends are when the kids are commit the most and worst MBOs (Morning Breath Offenses).

    Keep up the good work (in the home and on the blog)!!

    What camera do you have?

    • March 29, 2012

      I shoot with a Nikon D700. Thanks for commiserating with me!

  4. Becky #
    March 28, 2012

    I actually thought something was wrong Wyatt’s breath was so bad in the am. I heard once that you love the way your kids smell until they’re teenagers. I call bullshit. Once milky breath is gone it’s stomach turning.

    • March 29, 2012

      Well, I do love to smell their hair and their necks – that likely won’t change until they’re teenagers. But their morning breath, their feet, their butts – not nearly as pleasant.

  5. lifeineden #
    March 28, 2012

    Yup, household of stinkies here, and the littles aren’t even 4 yet. And I’ve busted the oldest with the whole dry sink and toothbrush too. Man, they are so clueless.

    • March 29, 2012

      They smarten up quick though. Stay on your toes, mama!

  6. Laura #
    March 28, 2012

    the photos are priceless Carmen! it’s insane how young the morning breath begins….ugh.

    • March 29, 2012

      Thanks, Laura! I feel so much better knowing that it’s not just my kids…

  7. March 29, 2012

    awwww!!!!!! there so sweet n adorable esp d last one who has his mouth all open…..uh oh! morning breath …..incoming!!!!!!
    but am curious thos how do u get them to clean up everyday do u go thru dis routine everyday?

    • March 29, 2012

      No I certainly don’t do this every day but I find that a “surprise inspection” once in a while keeps them on their toes and honest (usually).

  8. Jill #
    March 29, 2012

    HAHAHA! And here I thought I was the only one with this problem and their kids! And you wonder, why does it take so long to sink in.

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