Talking to your children
The well has run dry. I am completely out of things to say for now, so I thought I'd turn it over to my 4 yr old daughter. I asked her some questions, and here are her answers, verbatim. Any resemblance to "Kids Say the Darndest Things" is purely coincidental, and I should not be sued. Got it? Mom: What do you think about Joseph Smith? 4yo: (squirming, clearly not wanting to answer - sees a picutre on the desk) Oh, I forgot this picture. It's for you. This picture is for you. I ripded it to open it. It's for you Mommy. Mom: What do you think of President Hinckley? 4yo: I remember when he dieded. Mom: President Hinckley is still alive. 4yo: Oh, yeah. I forgot. I just know when he dieded, but he didn't die. Mom: Ok, different question. Who is your favorite dog? 4yo: Maggie!! (laughter) My favorite dog is Maggie. Mom: Do you like going to bed? 4yo: ummm....a little bit. Can I not brush my teeth because I hurted myself? Mom: Did you hurt your mouth? 4yo: No, I hurted my forehead. I hurted my forehead right here. Are those the questions you're asking me? Here, I'll get you a new pen. Mom: Where's your favorite place to go? 4yo: Umm...the zoo! (At this point, 6 yo enters the room) 6yo: I have two favorite places to go. One is Chuck E. Cheeses and the other is Jungle Gym. I went to Jungle Gym for Sage's birthday party, remember? 4yo: Oh, yeah! I have two favorite places, too. Chuck E. Cheese and pretend Jungle Gym. 6yo: (agitated) You've never been to Jungle Gym! 4yo: (smugly) I've been to PRETEND Jungle Gym. (unable to deal with this logic, 6yo stomps out of the room) Mom: OK, back to questions. Do you think we should buy a new washing machine if we found maggots in ours? 4Yo: Yes. Mom: Do you know what maggots are? 4yo: No. (pause) What? It's not my fault. Why is everybody looking at me? Mom: What's not your fault? 4yo: I'm just pretending. Mom: What do you think of President Bush's Social Security plan? 4yo: Um, I think it's...I think it's.... I keep thinking dogs and people, dogs and people, dogs and people. I keep thinking it. I love being a mom.