Conversations with the boys today

I thought I’d share a couple of examples of what conversations are like with my boys… both of these examples happened just this morning.

Conversation #1 – I want to be the grown up

While watching cartoons, Cameron saw an episode where the kids wanted to be the parents and the parents had to be the kids. As you can expect, it didn’t go so well. However, this idea intrigued Cameron enough for him to want to try it… his top priority, video game time!

Cameron: “Dad, we’re going to be the grown ups and you and mom will be the kids, ok?”

Me: “Ok, so you’re going to work all day long then?”

Cameron: “Yup, and you go to school… but then I get to play video games.”

Me: “No you don’t. After work, you have to make supper for everyone.”

Cameron: “but then I play video games?”

Me: “No, after supper the kids get to play video games… that’s me.”

Cameron: “but then I get games?”

Me: “No, after that, you have to give the kids a bath and then bed time.”

Cameron: “And then I get games right?”

Me: “No, then you have to do dishes, clean up and do more work and then go to bed.”

Cameron: “oh… ”

Me: “You might want to reconsider being the grown ups Cameron. Trust me, you get way more video game time than I do.”

Cameron: “ok ok ok… we’ll keep being the kids.”

Conversation #2 – Which colour is your favourite?

Tyler wanted to play trains with me after Cameron got on the bus, so he got a train he wanted and then wanted to be the big helper by getting me a train as well. Holding the blue train in his hand, he looks over at me….

Tyler: “uh.. Dad? What’s your favourite colour? Blue or…. red?”

Me: “Red.”

Tyler looks through the trains, can’t find a red one. Comes back to me…

Tyler: “uh… Dad? What’s your favourite colour? Blue or… orange?”

Me: “Orange.”

Tyler looks through the trains, can’t find an orange one. Comes back to me…

Tyler: “Dad? What’s your favourite colour? Blue or… purple?”

Me: “Purple.”

Tyler turns to the trains, gives it a quick glance and then comes back to me.

Tyler: “Uhmm… what’s your favourite colour? Blue or… pink?”

Me: “Blue”

Tyler: “No, sorry… you can’t have blue, this is my train!”

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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4 Responses to Conversations with the boys today

  1. Rhiannon Fieri April 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    ::laughs::

    Ash is getting into that developmental stage where he’s beginning to realize that the rules for grown-ups and the rules for kids don’t always seem to match up fairly, and he isn’t very appreciative. Unfortunately, he’s not yet developmentally ready to grasp that just because he’s figured it out doesn’t mean it’s all going to change, or to grasp explanations as to why this is the case.

    He hasn’t tried to “guide” my favorites yet, but he does try to guide other kinds of decisions I make. For example, he might tell me, “Mommy, you can say, ‘You didn’t lose that movie any more,’ if you want to.” Or, I might give him a choice he doesn’t especially like, and he’ll suggest I offer a choice of two options he does like, instead. I mean, he’d still be making a choice between options I gave him, so what’s the difference, right? 😉

  2. Shelley April 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Cute. I wanna be a kid again. This grown up stuff ain’t nearly as fun. ; p

  3. Gina @ Special Happens April 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think you were mess’n with Tyler….

  4. Stuart Duncan April 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    LOL, I didn’t intend to. The way he was holding that blue train, I knew he wanted it so I kept naming which ever other colour he gave me for a choice.

    I thought for sure he’d eventually name a colour that was actually in there but he never did!

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