I hate trying to reason with kids...  

ReadyToTango46 59M
188 posts
4/2/2005 10:25 pm

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I hate trying to reason with kids...

...because they threaten your whole belief system. For instance: When my youngest son was around 6 years old he loved the taste of butter. He loved it so much that when you would put a dab of butter on his green beens or mashed potatoes he'd immediately take his spoon and scoop it off and pop it in his mouth.

* OMG! What are you doing? You can't eat butter by itself!

* Why not?

* Because it's full of fat and oils and it's just not good for you to eat plain butter.

* But you put it on my beans.

* Well, that's just to give it some flavor. We're not giving you butter to eat, we're giving you green beans and then helping it to taste better with a little bit of butter. See?

* No. I always eat my green beans, right?

* Yes you do, and we're very proud of you.

* So what does it matter if I eat the butter first, and then eat the green beans?

(At this point mom and dad make some serious eye contact, communicating the way only parents can communicate, and come to conclusion that their authority is being questioned. Of course it's not being questioned, it's just a simple and reasonable observation by your child that happens to challenge part of the web of logic that binds your sanity together. Danger! Does not compute! Logic has strayed outside of your belief system! No reasonable answer avialable! Warning Will Robinson! Well luckily, since you are being challenged by a mere subordinate, the answer is simple and will immediately restore order to the universe.)

* Don't talk back to us young man! Mix the butter into your beans and we don't want to hear anything more about it!

LOL, it's funny how kids can make you think a bit differently than you are used to. Maybe if we listened to them more and actually gave some thought to what they say then we wouldn't live in the rigid framework that we have built for ourselves.

And more importantly, if we listened to them and gave some thought to what they say then maybe we wouldn't try to force THEM into the rigid framework that we have built for ourselves.

Free your minds! Just a random thought....

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
4/2/2005 11:40 pm

LOL... gawd kids .... they're the best blessings but sometime soooo well disguised as little devils / pains in the butt.

Hope you have lots of fun with them.

wyvernrose 39F  
3962 posts
4/3/2005 1:05 am

lol Tango, sounds like your kids have got you figured, actually we tend to take the rug out from under the kids with our own fuzzy logic quite frequently lol.

but then again we don't quibble about how and in what order they eat their dinner so long as they eat it lol...and don't use it as the subject of a food fight .....

SD actually for a long time has been scared to ask questions so the questions about why is the sky blue, and how does a car run are few and far between, ever since she moved in with us, we have been working our butts off trying to convince her that there is no such thing as a stupid question, that the only way you will find out and learn is by asking........she is slowly now beginning to ask, but it is still slow progress after having been told by her mother for the last 3 years solid everytime she asks about the things around her, that she is simply asking a stupid question whenever her mother doesn't know the answer......


nightstogether 58M

4/3/2005 5:58 am

You just have to explain to them. Butter tastes better on green beans, and beans taste better with butter, so why separate the two? But ordering them to put the butter on beans ... uh oh.

private-intellectual (.de)

wyvernrose 39F  
3962 posts
4/3/2005 8:17 am

ROFLMAO exactly, you cannot 'order' a child to do anything lol except maybe to spend a while in their room, lol then guarentee they go straight for the toys, time out chairs no matter the age work so much better and they usually take themselves off to bed after sitting up straight for so long anyway...

lol the only way to get a kid to do something they don't want too, is to turn that thing into the greatest in thing in the world to do lol!

or convince them that not doing it is sooooooo much worse!


expatbrit49 64M

4/3/2005 10:45 am

I found the same thing with my kids, the thing is they dont have to conform to predetermined ideas. But its ok they grow up and are tought by us (the parents) and the school system to conform. So dont worry that at the moment they are free thinking spirits...The real world will pull them down eventualy. LOL

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

wyvernrose 39F  
3962 posts
4/4/2005 1:16 am

ROFLMAO OMG Tala you drank that stuff?

its fermented with saliva isn't it the roots ground in the mouth and spat into the pot!?! or am I thinking of a Papua New Guinea beverage?


rm_WickedFemale 64F
401 posts
4/4/2005 12:32 pm

Thanks for the sharing. I will stop playing with butter. Just have to fun the warm creamy feeling of it on the skin....~winks~

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