Two nights ago I am lying next to Brixton, who is five years old, and he looks at me and says “Mom, did you know that the world is round?” Obviously, I respond that I am aware of that. He goes on to ask what happens to the people at the bottom, left and right.. won’t they fall off the earth? Such a wonderfully inquisitive question from this kid. I was so excited that he wanted to know more about the world around him, not just what he sees daily. I begin to tell him about the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as gravity, so that he will understand that to the people in the other parts of the world, they are not upside down or falling off the globe. He looks at me with a straight face and says “So, you don’t know what you’re talking about, do you? I guess I’ll ask Dad.”
WHAT?! Now, if it weren’t already past his bedtime, I would have totally busted out Google and showed him that I do, in fact, know what I’m talking about! But it was getting late and he, literally, rolled over and went to sleep. How do I compete with that? I’ll admit I was a bit stunned that he was so matter of fact about his lack of faith in my academic skills. The next morning, I was determined to show him that Dad isn’t the only smart one in the house. I had his solar system book propped up on the kitchen table (the one that explains gravity!) To make matters worse, when he woke up the next morning, he says “mom, are you okay? You’re really upset that dad is smarter, aren’t you?”
Again, WHAT?! Dead. This kid has just crushed me and any feeling that I’ve ever had of being intelligent. Fast forward to last evening. The kids and I are having a conversation about behavior. From the time I picked them up from school, Brixton had forgotten all sense of manners he’s ever been taught. Somewhere along the way, he decided that mocking, and doing so in a condescending whiny voice, is not only hilarious, yet acceptable. After being mocked in the most annoying voice yesterday for way too long, I began to dish out punishments. I had enough of the bad attitude. Mom was putting her foot down! I let him know that for every time he ever so rudely mocked me he lost a day of cartoons. I’ll be the first to say, he is not a fast learner. We are up to seven days cartoon free in our house!!
I may seem like the Hitler of all moms, but so be it. I am preparing my kid for the real world. I’m quite positive that he will come home more than once with a bloody nose or black eye because he didn’t stop running his mouth. (No, I do not wish that upon him, I just know the attitude that he inherited from his parents! hahaha) Let’s move on to the time that my kids thought it would be funny to hide the remote so I couldn’t turn the television off for bedtime. I’m told by Brixton that he hid the remote and I would never find it. He waits until I walk out of the room, hides the remote under the dog’s bed and rushes to tell me. As he is once again mocking me, he starts to run away looking backwards at me, when he runs smack into the wall!! There was a thud! You’ve all experienced that moment when, as a parent, you can’t help but laugh out loud. The poor kid’s pride was smashed.. into the wall! (haha) So, I did as all parents would do and in the midst of holding back pure laughter, I let him know that this is called karma and it just got the best of him! Last week Ingrid had to meet with a new speech pathologist. The woman was so pleasant and remembered seeing Ingrid throughout the past year at the facility. She asked Ingrid’s regular therapist for some insight about working well with her. She was advised to “Get in and get out”! Her regular therapist warned her that Ingrid is extremely strong-willed and doesn’t like to waste time. This cracked me up! My four year old has a reputation for her no games attitude! What kind of kids are we raising?!
You see, being a parent is the most rewarding experience, yet it can also be trying. Our kids are so much fun; they’re witty, energetic, and have more attitude than I can handle, but I have to believe that this will carry them far in life. (right?! haha) Good luck out there, parents! We need it!!