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