Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Puzzling Parenting Surprises

My five year old son is surprising.  He routinely catches me off guard with the things he does and says.  Today was the perfect example.

In the morning we did a jigsaw puzzle that I thought was way too hard for him.  I barely had to help him at all.

While we were playing Monopoly, he had to pay my eight year old rent on a property.  The eight year old started bragging and the five year old replied with, "I don't care, I don't care, I can see your underwear."  Which caused a good five minutes of hysterical laughter from all at the table.

At lunch we had to leave a playground early because the three year old put too much food in his mouth at once and puked (this is a totally normal occurrence).  I was sure the five year old would have fit about having to leave, but he just grabbed his coat and got in the car with no complaint.

In the afternoon, the five year old built a tower out of blocks and wanted a specific block to top it off.  The three year old had the block and would not surrender it.  My eyes about popped out of my head when my *normally* easy-going five year old did this warrior like yell and run at the three year old in an effort to claim the block.

And at dinner I told the eight year old he needed a shower before bed to which he replied, "I love showers."  The five year old came back with, "yeah, showers are like your girlfriend."  Once again, a good five minutes of laughter ensued. 

I often wonder where this kid came from.  He, even more than my other two, surprises me in (mostly) good ways.  He is an ever changing target and he really keeps me on my parenting toes.  It makes life fun and interesting to be surprised by your children.


  1. I agree completely, and yours sounds like a lovely crew :)

  2. It's because he's the middle child. :)

  3. Love your blog! Reminds me of all the fun I had with my kids when they were little!

    Big wave from a fellow Crusader!

  4. Oh, I have a five year old boy too. They are the best!

  5. Yup, I have a five year-old too. It's amazing how much they are their own people even at such an early age.