Monday, July 6, 2009

Conversations with Parker: Lessons

~The Truth Hurts~

Dada: "OK Buddy, I'm going to work now. Are you going to miss me?"

Parker: "No. I'll just play with my cars."


Lesson: Don't ask your child a question unless you can handle the truth.


~Substituting Words~


Parker (pulling on the crotch of his PJ pants): I have a fudgie.

Mama: A what? A fudgie? You mean a wedgie?


Parker: Yes, a fudgie.


Lesson: Fudge in the pants is uncomfortable.


~Idioms~

If there's anything we can learn from our children, it's the words and phrases we ourselves say often without even realizing it.

Parker's latest idiom: "or somethin'." He uses it quite often, and, somehow, always appropriately. It made me wonder where he picked it up. Then I started to pay attention to how often I used it. Quite a lot, actually. Whenever he wants an explanation for something, I almost always end my explanation with "or somethin'." Oops! I sound really intelligent!

Coming from a two year-old, though, it's quite disarming (and amusing)! Here's an example of Parker using it:

Mama: "Hey Parker, look at the airplane in the sky! Do you see it?"

Parker: "Yes!"

Mama: "Where do you think it's going?"

Parker: "To visit the cars."

Mama: "Oh yeah? Which cars?"

Parker: "The blue ones and red ones, or somethin'"


Lesson: Watch what you say around your kids, dag nabbit!

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"You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

4 comments:

tanya said...

hahaha - back to you. Parker is quite a character. I like him and I don't even know him. V funny especially the playing with my cars remark.
tanya @ http://www.idonotlikethisjob.com

Kris said...

Rofl...I loved this. Thank you so much for that link...I'm going to check it out in the wee hours of the morning when everyone is asleep ;-) I also loved what you said about not trying to be all of those things. Thank you so very much. I get a feeling I could learn a lot from you!

Eartaste said...

Just remember how you always felt you were smarter than your parents, and you know right where Parker is coming from! LOL!!! Thanks for sharing. Love, Dad

Helene said...

This is such a cute post!!! Love the fudgie comment!!

I say "or something" a lot too. I never even realized it either until the other day when Bella asked me why I say it. I had asked her "do you want a PB&J sandwich or something?" and she said, "what's something?" and I was like, "huh? what?" and she said "you said I could have a sandwich or something so what else can I have?". We don't even realize what we're saying half the time but those little ears are always listening!


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