Being a parent can be confusing at times ,especially when you tend to suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome. As your young child grows older, you often have to be careful not to read too much into what he says, and you most definitely need to take time to consider any reply. Failure to do so could lead you into all sorts of problematic situations.
Take yesterday for instance. There I was, washing up in the kitchen when son no 3 appeared. As he merrily chatted away about nothing in particular, I nodded my head wisely. To be honest I was barely listening, instead pondering the important question of what I’d cook for tea if Robin Thicke ever came to visit.
Suddenly son no 3 exclaimed loudly, “If Dad was a bird, he’d be a Great Tit!”
Snapped out of my reverie at such a statement from a small boy, I turned to look at him as I tried to suppress a giant guffaw. I didn’t know whether to reprimand him for being so rude, or to slap him wholeheartedly on the back for cracking a funny, albeit a naughty one.
Wondering how on earth to answer, I felt my eyebrows shoot skywards. Barely keeping my hilarity under control, I just managed to utter a scarcely audible, “Errrm, what??”
Son no 3 pointed innocently to a large bag of bird food on a shelf. He smiled and said, “Look at the bird pictures on the packet. That one looks like Dad and it’s called a Great Tit.”
*breathes a sigh of relief*