Monday, May 18, 2009


I'm gonna live forever....

B brought home a little writing sample from kindergarten today. He was supposed to write down three things that bug him. His three, in order, are:

1) When a bug pinches me.
2) When someone hits me.
3) When dad says "Go on time out" but I didn't do something bad.


Amusingly, we don't really use time outs anymore, but he does not get to watch movies sometimes or have to go to his room.


writtenwyrdd said...

At least you know the time outs worked.

It's not fun being a parent sometimes, is it. But at least you aren't always trying to be his 'friend' and 'pal' and failing in setting boundaries and other parental details that will give him the tools to cope and function later in life.

McKoala said...

Yup, what Written said.

Plus, now I've got that song running through my head...for the rest of the day...oh, hang on, that's about half an hour...OK then...

McKoala said...

Oh, I still use time out. To calm them down, especially soccer boy. Red head. Not that I believe in cliches.

pjd said...

Someone has to be the grownup, and it ain't gonna be the five year old.

The "time out when you did nothing wrong" happens even more frequently when you've got two kids. It often becomes impossible to sort out the he said/he said arguments, and you never know when they've grown clever enough to set the other up just because they can.

Hey, look at his list this way: He didn't put the "when I didn't do something bad" on the first two, so some part of him understands your parenting role and forgives you for it when he does do something bad.

Anonymous said...

That does it. the Bear is NOT going to kindergarten next year. Who KNOWS what dirty secrets he'll give away???

pacatrue said...

Aerin, yep. Intimate details of your life will be discussed in public soon, since your Bear doesn't know they are intimate. Have fun with that!

Wyrdd, thanks for the pep talk. Yes! I get dad of the day awards!

McK, since you are a red head, that makes slandering red heads okay.

pjd, yeah, it's already impossible sometimes to figure out just what went on and who did what. The only pseudo-solution I've found is that he gets in more trouble for lying about what he did than he does for doing the bad thing.

Robin S. said...

Oh man. I commisserate. But there you go - sometimes you're right, sometimes you're wrong. You love him you want him to know the right ways to behave -AND - you're only human. He will be too, someday.

(Just wait and explain all this again when he's a teenager. That's just one big good time!)

Chris Eldin said...

I'm a few years ahead of you in terms of being embarrassed by my children's version of reality. Which is why I write children's books. The villains are thinly-disguised versions of Thing 1 and Thing 2.