Butt Out Dad
Max has toddled his way through toddlerhood and is officially a boy, a big boy if you take him at his word. Suddenly he knows how to say “it’s not fair”, albeit completely out of context, he plays with Lego, finds Thomas the Tank Engine beneath him and no longer believes in siesta time. I’d put most of these changes down to the short time he has spent mixing it with the big boys and girls in Kinder.
He’s attached himself to some older boys and has discovered his rebellious streak. Nothing too heinous just lots of talk of “pooh pooh bum bum” (which let’s face it when you’re three years old is the equivalent of dropping the f-bomb). I put on my Dad Hat and told him that big boys tend not to reference pooh pooh bum bum on a regular basis and that some of his recent behaviour hadn’t been befitting of a big boy.
“But Tommy says it Daddy”
“Well maybe Tommy shouldn’t say it Max and if he does you could always play with the other children too”
He looked at me thoughtfully and gave every impression that he had realised the ‘error of his ways’, excellent work Daddio. The next morning after a pooh pooh bum bum free breakfast I took him to Kinder. Sure enough Tommy came running over “pooh pooh bum bum”. Max explained to him that he wasn’t allowed to say that anymore. He then went one step further and in front of Tommy’s Mummy told him “my Daddy said that I’m not allowed to play with you anymore”.
The more you try and deny a charge like that the more guilty you sound. Tommy’s Mummy did what any self respecting parent would do and gave me the stinkiest stink eye ever and I probably deserved it. Max had a rubbish day at Kinder that day, Tommy refused to play with him and being new to the emotional rollercoaster that is Kinder friendship cliques I felt genuinely crap about it.
Hopefully Max and Tommy patch things up and get back to pooh pooh bum bum’ing their way through life. Going forward I’ll select my words with more care, trust him to work things out for himself and I’ll shout Tommy’s Mummy a coffee by way of grovelling apology.
Have you ever been misquoted by your kids?