kid talk about christmas

I was chosen to come up with a game and craft at my son’s winter party. During the meeting, i was told that during this party, i shouldnt mention Jesus, Hanukkah, Santa Claus and christmas tree. It must be snowman, reindeer, penguins. I was so disappointed to the point that i talk to another parent saying “i have never imagine this to be like this”

I went home feeling different about the meeting and i told my husband about it. My son overheard my conversation with my husband and said..

son: why cant i say Merry Christmas or why cant i talk about Jesus?

I really dont know what to tell him except to say that we have to follow the rules that they have. Then he answered.

son: it is sad that we cant say the word christmas when in fact christmas comes from the word Christ. I know that some people dont believe in Jesus, it is sad that i cant even say it during the party. I guess that is part of the school rules i have to remember. I think homeschooling is better than this.

i: we can always go back to homeschooling if u want to…we will try it next year…

son: thank you… 

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kid talk about sacrifice

This morning, i prepared crepe with blueberry for breakfast. My kids love it so much. However, some of the blueberries are sour and my son said:

son: mom, i like blueberries but i dont like it when it is so sour like some of thesr.

i: we cant identify which is sweet or sour…u have to eat it…baby is not complaining, she eats it whether its sweet or sour…

son: i have an idea…i will eat half of the blueberry 1st so i would know if its sweet or sour…

while i was waiting, he said…

son: hmmm, this is so sweet…this is sour…i will give this sweet one to baby…

i: but she doesnt complain if its sour or sweet, why dont u eat the sweet one and give her the sour one…

son: it’s ok, i will eat the sour one and she can have the sweet one…

i: that is so sweet, that is what u called sacrifice…

son: what does that mean?

i: it is like giving up something for the sake of making somebody happy or better…i cant really explain it well…

son: i guess i get it…sacrifice is like loving, doing something or giving up something for somebody u love…

i: i think ur right about that…

kid talk about prayer

As i said goodnight to my son, i asked him if he was done praying, he said:

son: not yet but i am too sleepy, can i only pray 2 things instead of 15 things?

i: it is up to u…

son: i usually pray 15 things but now, i will only pray for 2 things, they are the most important to me…i think they are the most important prayer…

i: is it ok if u share it to me?

son: sure…i always pray for good health for u, dad, baby and myself…good health and the other one is for everyone to be always safe…

i: that is a wonderful prayer…i thought u were asking for a toy or something else…

son: oh no! how can i enjoy my toy if i am not healthy?

i: good point, thanks for the prayer…enjoy ur sleep, i love u and baby….goodnight!

kid talk about secret

One night, i overheard my husband and my son talking about a secret. It seems like my son has a secret that he doesnt want to share to my husband. I was really worried because he just started going to school to try being in a school and will be back to doing homeschooling in case he prefers to do so. My son was telling my husband that the secret was about school. In effect, many things came to my mind, i was thinking that a kid was not being nice to him or he did not listen to his teacher or he ask her a very complicated question and the teacher got annoyed. So i join in their conversation and nonchalantly said:

i: can u give me a clue about this secret?

son: oh, i dont think so because it is really not important.

i: just let me guess then…u have to give me a clue first.

son: it is not really important, i dont need it… 

i: just tell me the first letter of this secret…is it scary or funny?

son: none, it starts with letter y…

i: is it yum?

son: how did u know? u guessed it!

i: is it about a food in school?

son: yes mom! but i dont need it because we have it in the house…

i: is it a food that u want to buy during snacks?

son: yes, but it is expensive… do we have money? we need the money to pay our bills…

i: what food is it?

son: it’s milk but i have milk at home already…its a different milk in school, its cold and in a small box…not like my powder milk at home…it is also expensive…

i: how much is it then? if u want it and if u will drink it, u can buy it…

son: it is 30 cents mom…i dont have to buy it, i have milk at home…

i: u can buy it! how many will u drink? (i almost cried when he told me the price and the reason why he wouldnt tell us, he is aware of finances and he knows to be practical at 5 years old)

son: i only need 1 box of milk mom….thank u! the milk in school has different flavors too…

i: that is good, i will give u money tom and u can always tell me if u need to buy something else as long as u will not waste it…there might be times though when i will tell u not now because we have other priorities but u have to try to ask…

son: of course mom! i know that… i will let u know tomorrow if the milk is really good in school….

kid talk about stress

As we were having dinner, i was telling my husband how stressful it is lately at my workplace. I mentioned that everybody seemed stress, the patients and the workers as well. While i was talking, my son all of a sudden said…

son: mom, it is just a matter of perception…

Of course, it seemed like the world stopped rotating…both my husband and i just looked at each other for 5 seconds…then i said

i:  what do u mean?

son: it is just ur perception…u may think it is stressful, so it is…if u think otherwise..then it will not be… just remember what u always tell me that everything changes….

i: who told u about perception?

son: nobody, i learned in tv what percetion means so i am telling u that whatever is stressful to u and others may not be stressful to somebody…it is a matter of how u perceive it…am i wrong?

i: u are def right! i actually havent think of it that way…thank u for ur wonderful insight!

kid talk about annoyance

I have been getting cranky everytime i go home from work. I think it is the stress from work that is doing it. I have been trying not to get grumpy as i go home. Lastnight, after my son took a shower, he said:

son: do u have a lot of annoying patients today?

i: what do u mean?

son: i just thought u have difficult patients…u look tired…

i: there will always be annoying people in our lives but it is up to us if we will make ourselves annoyed or not…

son: that is right! but annoying kids are ok because they are kids, they dont know what they are doing, adults know that they are being annoying, right? that is hard, right?

i: son, kids will never be annoying…u might think that kids are annoying because i tell u not to annoy me at times but it is my fault…i just get too tired from work that i dont want to be bothered… kids are gift from God…they will never be annoying…

son: oh, i didnt know that…

kid talk about kinds of kid

While i was reading a book, my son said something heartbreaking to me…

son: mom, i know u like quiet kid, i am not really a quiet kid…i am a fun kid…i like to move around and have fun all the time…

i: why do u say that? i know u are not a quiet kid…u like to talk and move around…

son: but i know u want a quiet kid…i just am not that kid…

i: i already know that…and i love u for being a fun kid…sometimes, i want u to be a quiet kid because u ask a lot of questions— difficult ones—- and i am already tired from work etc and i dont want to be thinking on how to explain things so it is easier for u to understand….u normally ask difficult/surprising questions…

son: it is because i am a curious kid…i like to know why and how things work…

i: i know…it is actually very good questions…i love the questions…it makes me think most of the time…however, there are times when i get annoyed and frustrated…

son: i know… it is ok mom…i understand… we just have to understand each other…after all, that is what family is all about…u said that to me all the time…