Things we think kids know but they really don’t…
Like the time Jack asked if kids could really go into a store and buy something without a grown up. Ha!
I asked Jack to close up a loaf of bread (with the twisty tie) and when I went to open the bread the next day I found he had tied it like you would tie your shoelaces, minus the bow. I guess I never showed him how to do that twisty trick, eh? It seems so basic. You just twist!
Then there was the time I realized that I had never taught Jack how to load the dishwasher…
me: Jack, I thought I asked you to put your bowl in the dishwasher.
Jack: I did.
me: Where is it??
Jack: Under that other bowl.
me: ?? (They were stacked on top of each other)
I guess we take these things for granted and maybe never get around to teaching some basics that we’ve known for decades.
I watched Jack undress, trying to take his pants off by pulling the waist down both legs as far as he could, then pulling as hard as he could, getting both feet caught in the material; essentially stuck.
me: Jack, pull one leg at a time, from the bottom, and then you won’t get stuck AND the pants won’t be inside out!
Jack: No one cares Mom. (More grunting)
And then, this afternoon, I hear a part of a conversation coming from the living room. There’s a brain in there somewhere! But it learns what it wants!!!
Jack: (helping his friend set up their wii remotes) Okay, first we have to start this other game and pause it to force us to have to choose another remote and then we’ll get the option to sync them both. Then you click here like this. Not sure it will work… Oh look! It’s asking to sync! So you just simultaneously hold these buttons down… Wooooo! And now we have both remotes so we can bowl! Look, your battery life is showing it’s pretty low.
(Maybe he can teach me a few things too!)