I know I am going to find the things my kid said funnier than anyone else, but I wanted to write down a few of the ways my 4-year-old, Syd, has made me laugh lately before I forget them. (I swear now I am in my 40s my memory is worse than ever, and it was never good!).
The first was on the walk home from school recently:
Syd: When I get home I am going to draw a willy man. A man that is made out of willies. And he lives in a willy house and there are willy flowers and willy trees.
Me: That’s nice. (A phrase I often use, which can be translated in one of two ways – either I am not listening properly and am just using it as a vague response, or I am trying not to engage overly with the topic. In this instance it is the latter.)
Silence for a minute or two.
Syd: And there are willy cats and willy dogs and willy clouds and willy birds. Will you draw it for me Mummy?
Me: Um. No.
The next one is from an afternoon recently where we had half an hour to kill at Max’s school while we waited for the first appointment of parents evening. We are sat by the office, on a shelf is a box complete with letterbox slot, with the phrase ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ written on it. Syd wants to know what it is for.
Max: If you have a problem you can write it down for one of the teachers to read in private, then they will try to help you.
Syd: What kind of problem?
Max: If you are getting bullied or are worried about homework or something.
Me: Or maybe you are anxious or upset and need someone to talk to in private.
Syd: Or if your friend is on fire.
Cue a conversation about how the correct response if your friend is on fire is probably not to write a note to a teacher about it, but at least it led to a chat about how to ring for help if you need it. Namely 999.
And finally, one from bedtime this week. Syd is going through a phase of not wanting to read his school books with me at home, because ‘I have already read them at school’, so in order to be a cunning parent and try to get some surreptitious reading practice in, I often get him to help read his bedtime stories. But he has sussed my plan…
Syd: Stop trying to make me do learning Mummy, if I do learning now I will run out of learning for when I am at school.
That is me told then!! What have your kids said lately that made you chuckle?
Love Miss Cisco XXX