I happened to overhear a conversation between my 6-year-old son and my 3-year-old daughter regarding the fact that I was taking my 8-year-old son to the store with me;
6yo: “He’s going to buy him snacks! That’s not fair. We’re not going to get anything!”
3yo: “Yeah! That’s not fair. I don’t like Daddy anymore!”
6yo: “Me either! Unless he buys me a treat too. Then I can share it with you!”
3yo: “Or if he buys me a treat, I will share it with you!”
6yo: “Well, what kind of treat do you want? I want mint-chocolate”
3yo: “Well, I want mint-chocolate too… and strawberry and bubble gum and gummies and berries.”
Me: “Ewww, disgusting. I’m not getting anyone a treat guys. Relax”
6yo to me: “Why do you do that? Why do you dismiss everything you don’t like as being disgusting. Just because it is nothing you like does not make it disgusting!!!”
Me, thinking I’ve just been put in my place by a 6yo: “Errr, yup. You are correct. I think it’s disgusting. My opinion only. Sorry about that guys. But all that sugar will eat away at your teeth and that is disgusting, right?
6yo and 3yo: “Ewwww. Disgusting. We don’t want a treat, Daddy.”
Phew! Got through that one okay, but barely. How in the heck am I going to be able to navigate the serious issues?!? Well that would be my wife’s responsibility! I got them through diapers, she can get them through the teenage years!
Although I’m sill not sure how I feel about being put in my place by my 6yo. I get the feeling this is going to be an ongoing issue with him. 🙂