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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kids Say the Darnest Things; They Really Do! (Edited in purple due to new information)

The other day, I was talking to my mom in the car and Inez was asking me a question about something and I remember replying, "Oh this, you have to ask your Nana because she has a better memory."
To my mom, I said, "I don't know why, but I think my memory is very poor compared to yours."
The next night, I asked Inez to pick up her toys, and do you know what she said, "Oh Mommy, Inez forgot. Inez is so like you, Mommy; Inez has poor memory."
Back at me, how can I scold her for being so like me?
"But Inez, my dear, you are young, you are not supposed to have a poor memory."

Yesterday, my brother was telling me that Inez is now a liar because when he was outside washing his car, the children came out to play bicycle and they rode out onto the main road which they were not supposed to. In fact, they couldn't even play outside if there was nobody to supervise them. So when he asked them who allowed them out, Inez answered that Nana had given them permission to go outside and play. When my brother asked my mom, my mom said, "No such thing! I did not give them permission to go out." It turned out according to Mom, when the kids saw my brother going outside, Inez quickly went over to the TV, switched it off, called to Mika and she heard her say, "Mika, Uncle Juhan's outside. Yay, now we can go outside to play bicycle!" and out they went. So their Uncle Juhan confronted Inez and said, "Inez, don't lie to Uncle Juhan. I can ask Nana and find out from her."

Do you know what she answered? "What I did just now, I don't remember and I also don't know what I'm doing now." BIG SIGH!

And just like that she got herself out of that tangle. When Juhan told my husband about what the kids did and said, I realised the story is not complete. Hence this update.

That evening, when my brother told them to tidy up their toys, Inez said that she had forgotten again due to poor memory and that she was tired. She didn't get a good night's sleep the night before. Where do they learn all this?


FloweRinTheDesert said...

Inez is sooo intelligent. haha sometimes what we say to our kids do tend to backfire on us eh? :)

jujuqtpie said...

Yah, it does backfire. The other day, I was talking to my hubby and sure enough, my daughter wanted my attention, and coz we were still in the middle of talking, she went, "Mommy, am I talking to the wall?"
Oops! Guilty. Usually happens when I tell her to do something and she 'makes don't know', so I sometimes say that to her. Looks like she was listening after all.

FloweRinTheDesert said...

hahaha...we do have to be careful with the things we say to them. Kids nowadays they appear as if they are not paying attention, but the next thing you know they can quote you back word for word. Motherhood is not as it was in our parents' days, where we just listened to what our parents say. During my childhood I didn't have the nerve to utter such quick comebacks to my parents! Today I find myself cracking my brains in search of the 'correct' answer or reply in most of my conversation with my 5yo. ;)

jujuqtpie said...

Is it too much TV? I dunno and I don't think so; but TV helps I guess, as they articulate their thoughts better. Mika is going through a phase now, and he answers everything we tell him with a WHY. I remember my uncle used to chant this:
Because the sky so high
You marry a Sakai
in the month of July
I have not resorted to this but I am beginning to understand why such chants come to exist.