Michael is a tattle tale. There isn’t anything that goes on in the house that Michael doesn’t feel an overwhelming need to inform me about. He always has something to report or complain about. As suggested by his OT a few months back we are supposed to address the tattling with the questions “Is this a big, medium or small problem?” And then follow that question with, “What can you do to solve the problem?” This line of questioning helps in other situations as well and subsequently I find myself asking him how he can solve a problem a dozen or so times a day.
Many times he is asking for help with something that I know he can do on his own. Usually just hearing the question sparks enough initiative for him to go back to the task and do a little problem solving but sometimes this happens:
Michael: Mom I can’t do my homework because the orange colored pencil isn’t sharp.
Me: How could you solve that problem?
Michael: I could just not do my homework?
And then I make a mental note to blog about this later because my kid is funny. These are the conversations I never want to forget.
His logic can be a powerful tool, a great line of argument and even better punch line.
Allergies, by the Barenaked Ladies from their album Snack Time, was playing while Michael was finishing up super. Everyone else was up stairs getting ready for bath time, so it was just me and Michael negotiating bites of chili for biscuits. As always with Michael, the conversation headed in an unexpected direction.
Michael: I have allergies.
Me: Do you?
Michael: Yeah I do
Me: What are they?
Michael: I am allergic to breath.
Me: To breath?
Me: Why do you say that?
Michael: Because Allergies are the same as allergic.
Me: Yes you are right….
Michael: So I have allergies to breath.
Me: Why do you think you are allergic to breath?
Michael: Because when Patrick breathes on me I feel allergic.
and then I said , “finish you supper” and ran down stairs so I could write it all down before I forgot it.
I love my son.
I love you Michael D.
If you do not own Snack Time, buy it. Even if you don’t have kids. It is a fun album. The kids, Tim and I love it. Kids music that doesn’t suck is the best!
All the swimming has led to a slight case of swimmers ear for the boys. Instead of stopping swimming, which is obviously the smart thing to do, we bought swim caps. The conversation that follows is from this afternoon when they first wore the swim caps.