Saturday, 14 March 2009

Conversations with a four year old - the one about being late

Daughter had yet another party this weekend. She was taking ages to get ready. As I was trying to get her dressed and get a present wrapped and a card written, she was more interested in doing a jigsaw, reading a book, playing with her toy cars, singing into her disco diva microphone.

"What am I doing?" I thought, "I spend all week trying to pursuade children to do things they don't want to do, I'm not going to do it at the weekends as well. I don't care if she gets to this party on time."

So I told her "The party starts in 30 minutes. If you want to get there on time, you need to get ready. If not, you'll be late"

"I don't mind being late" she said, "It's ages till the food anyway"


19 comments:

gigi said...

Oh my!

Maggie May said...

So did she go late or change her mind or what? I hate it when kids don't get ready and are dawdling about.
Hope she didn't tell the rest, that she was only going for the food! LOL

Expat mum said...

Oh that made me laugh. At least she has her priorities sorted!

Mean Mom said...

Lol! Ever feel that you've met your match?

Pam said...

Hmmm,sounds pretty intelligent to me! And, so very right!

scaryazeri said...

How many mums bloggers are out there? and I still enjoyed reading yours. check mine out if you have time, I am a scary azeri mother. :)
So you are a working mum and you blog- I can imagine how hard it must be, I have been obsessively blogging and am exhausted. and I only do 2 days a week at work!

Working mum said...

Maggie - she was half an hour late for the party, she played two games, ate the food and took the party bag. She thought that was perfect!

Mean Mom - more and more!

Scaryazeri - nice to meet you! I admit the housework has taken a back seat since I discovered blogging, it's the only way I can fit it in!

Hullaballoo said...

I made the mistake of bringing out the food at the start of the party once - never again lol. Always send the wee things home high on E numbers and springing around the place.

She sounds like great company, a real character.

Nunhead Mum of One said...

Excellent! And I like her way of thinking.....

Really Rachel said...

Great logic! Things are so clear cut to a four year old!

Suburbia said...

Hee hee, she has her priorities right!!! I remember thinking the same as you at some stage in their lives. It takes the pressure off.

Iota said...

I used to think that my kids didn't know the meaning of the word "late". To them "Come on, or we'll be late" was just some kind of blessing that a mother says when she gets in the car. They get the hang of it a bit better as they get older - although it sounds like R has already got quite a good grasp of it.

Tawny said...

Now that is logic!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Brilliant - you have a very bright child there!

CJ xx

rosiescribble said...

At least she's got her priorties right!!!

Katherine said...

Ahhh very clever answer!! I seem to have difficulty in getting my son to "hear" me...well, he definately hears me but chooses not to. It's the getting ready for school thing, I hate to be late (being an ex teacher does it) but I had to go down the "well...if you both (son and daughter) want to be late then carry on, your choice etc etc you know the score". It helps that I trained with my daughter's teacher, she knows me from way back, but it all gets very frustrating. Parties, however, seem to dominate our weekends at the moment...sig. other stated we should start saying "no" to a few but that's not an easy one to explain to 4 and 6 year olds.

Claire Sutton said...

Classic!

Polly said...

Now thats one attitude Im in love with!

cheshire wife said...

She has got her head screwed on and will go far. Could it be in the genes?

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