Kid's Say The Darndest Things!

This is not going to be the most enlightening post I have ever written so feel free to stop reading now if you are looking for an educational epiphany. I am going to play the role of Bill Cosby on my own version of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and try to make a pathetically loose connection to Education.

Over the past few months my sons have had some great one-liners that from a parental standpoint I don’t want to forget. So, yes, part of the intent behind this post is so I have a record of such statements. The first such “line” is more of a detailed anatomical explanation of a stomach. While eating dinner the other night, my 5 year old son told me he was full. If you looked at his plate, he barely touched his food. After the meal my 2 year old son was given a cookie as his dessert because he had eaten his dinner. My 5 year old son asked if he could have a cookie as well. I told him he could not because he did not eat his dinner because he said he was full. He took this opportunity to explain the inner workings of his young stomach:

“Daddy, it’s ok. I have two tubes in my stomach. The dinner tube is all full but the dessert tube is empty. So, I can have dessert.”

That seemed very logical to me.

Another such occasion was when my oldest woke up very early one morning…which happens often. I asked him why he was up so early. His response:

“Well, the little men in my eyeballs started banging on the back of my eyelids because it was time to get up.” He also explained that, “the movies were playing in my eyeballs all night.” This was what I gather to be his explanation of his dreaming.

Again, this seemed like a very logical answer to me.

The final example comes from my soon to be 3 year old son. One morning as I am cooking up some breakfast he tells me, “hurry up, my tummy is crying!” This was his way of telling me he was hungry and his stomach was growling.

If you are still reading at this point you either have children and like these types of stories or you are hoping I am going to make some grand connection to education. I am more than likely not even going to attend to make a connection for the sake of making one.

However, in some cases, it is nice to write what is on your mind and have fun. So, there is your connection, let your students write for fun.


sram_socrates said...

Wonderful post. I often have to laugh at or smile when I hear some of "The Darnedest Things" kids say.

I am not a parent, but love children and how their minds work. How they are honest and open. I will never forget the day I was just leaving a school in my division when a little grade 1 or 2 came bustling in, dragging her knapsack and her mother close behind. I looked at her and said "oh my we are a little late this morning" to which she calmly replied "it not my fault, mom and dad took to long in the shower". I could not contain myself as I watch her mother turn 10 shades of red.

Kids they are wonderful. Thanks again for sharing.

Denny said...

I have had my three year old use the "movie in my mind" comment too.

He also was very angry with his mother for "turning off the TV in his closet"

They are so much fun.

Teacher Trainee said...

I babysit for my friend's three year old. I mentioned that I was learning to be a teacher. He said, you should come to my playcentre the teachers there are nice.

Aww bless a double dose of sweetness. First to his playcentre teachers who are obviously doing a bang up job, and also because he wanted me to do well.

I hope he never grows up to be old cynical.

Mrs. Tenkely said...

When we were kids, my brother and I would tell my mom that our dinner side was full and our dessert side was empty. :)