My husband, Matt, and I have been blessed with kids who can communicate well. Well, blessed and cursed–smart kids who have an answer for everything can be very trying. Nonetheless, we’ve never had to mess with ‘baby talk,’ and we rarely witnessed the ‘terrible twos’ temper tantrums (how’s that for alliteration?) simply because our kids couldn’t communicate their frustrations. Oh, they know how to communicate their frustrations quite well!
As a result of our little blessings, I would venture to say that we tend to forget their ages when we are having a conversation. The other night, Matt was scolding our five-year-old son Caleb for dumping out the contents of his piggy bank, yet, again instead of getting ready for bed, but he may have been looking at Caleb as a member of his sales team instead of a little kid:
“Put [your piggy bank] away, or I am going to confiscate it.”
“I don’t know what that word means.”
“It means I am going to take it away.”
“WHY WOULD YOU USE THAT WORD?! You can just say I’m going to take it away!”
And as any supportive wife would do, I laughed downstairs for about five minutes. Then I thought about the verse in the Bible that says, “4 Fathers,[b] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). I’m not sure whether or not teaching Caleb to clean up the money all over his bed counts as training of the Lord, but I’m fairly certain he was exasperated.
I thought for a minute how I might exasperate my children–perhaps, sometimes my expectations are a little high or I get frustrated before really understanding why they tried to recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel on the playroom wall–but then my mind traveled back to the current moment.
And, Matt, that exasperating was all on you, buddy.
Linking up with Mama Kat for her Writer’s Workshop. How do you exasperate your children (or spouse or mother, etc)?
7 thoughts on “What Did You Just Say?!”
That verse resonates in my head on a regular basis when I'm training up my kids. I don't want to exasperate … I but do hope to get my point across! 🙂
I bet you will soon hear Caleb using the word "confiscate."
You're probably right, Dot. I can't wait for the day when I will say, “Why did you use that word?!!!” to him. 🙂
Great post! I'm afraid I probably exasperated my kids a lot when they were little.
Ummm… There he was standing discussing quietly his exasperations by the bus stop, when. WHAM! His wife pushed him right in front of the bus!!!! Poor Matt. Tell Matt he can hang with me while his wounds heal… I have plenty of tire marks across my back from my wife throwing me under the bus!
It's quite an awakening when our young children are light years more intelligent than we were… Now when I write, I have to ask my youngest how to spell things. She looks at me a little how my wife does as she walks me through it like I'm a dumb kid…
See what you have to look forward to? You might want to go easy on the hubby!