The Genius of a Three Year Old

The following events took place three days ago:

Part One: in car on way home from work

Son (who is 3 years old): Mom, can I have a snack when we get home?

Me: Sure honey. Same as yesterday?

Son: Noooooo! I want something different. I don’t want to eat the same thing all the time.

Me:  It’s not all the time and we haven’t been grocery shopping yet.  It’s ok for things to be the same sometimes.

He eats the same snack as day before and we have a lovely afternoon.  Fast forward to bed time. 

Part Two:  We are in the washroom brushing his teeth.

Me: Ok, now rinse. 

I hand him the cup.  He rinses and then tries desperately to put the cup in the same place he must always put it.  (any parent of a toddler/pre-schooler knows OCD is sometimes part of their personality)

Me:  Honey, it doesn’t always have to go in the same place. Sometimes it’s ok for things to be different.

Son: (with a knowing smirk on his face) You mean like how I wanted a different snack today?

I howled and howled.  How can you beat that?

Have you had a fun conversation with a child lately?

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8 thoughts on “The Genius of a Three Year Old

  1. When I recently asked my five-year old son to put on his PJs, I found him laying sprawled naked on the bed instead. I said, “I told you to put on your PJs,” and he told me, “These are my PJs — they are invisible!” He’s a streaker.


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