Over the past few weeks I’ve been collecting some of the funny things my kids have said or done. I love them. They make my heart sing. These kids are why I’m on the planet right now and I love my job. Here are a few glimpses into our lives:
- Hayden: He had begun to really complain about chores and how he didn’t think he could do the chores in a way that would ever make me happy. Mind you, I know he’s 11 and I don’t expect him to do them exactly the way I do. After a few weeks I noticed the complaining had stopped, so I complimented him on this. (Note: We assign chores for a year at a time… he had started a whole new set of them in January.) Here’s our conversation:
Me: Hayden, I’ve noticed that you’re not complaining about chores much anymore. I guess they’ve gotten easier with practice, huh?
Hayden: Not really. It’s just that if I complain you give me more chores, so I quit complaining.
SCORE! I WIN! And technically he won, too, because he’s learned how to do new chores without complaining!
- Carson: Okay, now this is just precious. I’ve never been one to play favorites (at least intentionally) with the boys. But the other day Carson did something that was so sweet and thoughtful: he swept the kitchen all on his own. This is his morning chore, but we were in the middle of the day and I glanced over to see him sweeping away. I couldn’t resist saying, “Carson, you know?!? You’re my favorite…” (Note: I knew he’d know I was saying it as a compliment and not as an actual fact.)
He stuck his head around the corner and said,
“Nuh-uh. We’re all your favorite.”
Be still my heart…
- Bailey: Bailey is unique in the way he thinks of numbers. I can’t do math in my head the way he can. He adds and subtracts three-digit numbers with carrying and borrowing without using paper, which drives this teacher NUTS. Estimating, however, isn’t really his thing. Here’s how Bailey mentions money or time, followed by how I might have said a similar thing.
Mom, don’t come into the kitchen for 10 or 5 minutes. I’m working on something for you. (I would have said, “5 or 10 minutes.”)
That Real Steel Guy costs 4 or 17 dollars. It’s a lot of money. (I would have said either “4 0r 5 dollars” or “15-20 dollars.” Bailey cracks me up!)
- Parker: With Easter just behind us, Parker has had plenty of exposure to chocolate. I simply adore how he says that word. In order to help you pronounce it correctly, think of the word: locket. You remember those things girls used to wear around their necks with a picture of their best friend inside? Yep. That locket. Now, put the consonant team “CH” in front, as in “child” or “chore.” That’s how Parker says chocolate: chlocket.
It. is. adorable.