Thursday, August 19, 2010

Economics at work

When I was in school, one of the economic theories I heard was that if you gave everyone in the class a dollar, by the end of the day, some people would have lots of money, some the same dollar, and some no money. With children, you get to see that in practice.

Me: "CC, why are you putting away the bathroom towels? That's B's job."

CC: "He said he'd like to play instead, so he's paying me $1 if I'll put them all away."

And I decided to keep my mouth shut because all I wanted was for the towels to be folded and put away by someone other than me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Looking through my child's eyes

It's very interesting to see myself through my child's eyes. This is what my second grader did at school for Mother's Day. It really made me smile!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Teachings are coming back to haunt me

I've written before about the evils of teaching your children to read and write. Now I have a new parental caution.

I have often encouraged my kids to try new foods -- sometimes just a bite. Even if you didn't like it before, your tastes may change. Well, that one came back to bite me.

You see, my kids are fairly purist when it comes to chocolate. So, I am able to keep a stash to myself by buying things like Hershey bars with Almonds. The other day I am having one and B asks if he can try a bite -- after all, he says, he may like them now. Sure enough, he thinks they're great and I now have to compete with him for an afternoon snack.

Be warned!

Kid words

CC's new words/phrases:

For lunch today, we had tater-totters.

Rubber band bands

Ol' Stewball was a race car (the lesser known Peter, Paul and Mary song)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Balance is important in life

At least my laundry duties balance out somehow.

CC changes clothes 2-3 times a day (or more), while B has taken to wearing the same shirt and pants for 3 days in a row.

I really can't decide if it's worth it to say something on either front.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas quotes from CC

CC: "I got the most presents. I must have been very nice." A few minutes later: "Grandpa only got three presents. Oooh, he must have been very naughty!" (which Grandma agreed with -- Gpa didn't get many presents because he went out and bought whatever he wanted, so not much you could get him -- very naughty)

CC: "I drew this Christmas tree. Do you know what the purple stuff is around it? It's the garlic." (Ah, the garland. I love the funny pronunciations they have -- Grandma is proud of how B is growing up, but still misses the year of the Crackernuts)

Store clerk on December 23: "Is Santa going to come to your house?" CC: "No, he already came." Clerk: "What do you mean?" CC: "There's already a bunch of presents under our tree!"

Me: "CC, you kept Gma's Cat in the Hat fingerpuppets!" CC: "Yeah, I'm tricky!"

Monkey see, monkey do

I found a piece of paper on the cabinet. It had B's name, with a big circle around it and a slash through it.

"CC, did you make this sign?"

"Yes, I was going to put it up on my door because I was mad at B, but we had a discussion and he let me watch Scooby Doo, so I put it away."

She picks up on things so quickly. She also has pretty good handwriting for a 5-year old.