Anyway, I was listening to a comedy station on Pandora and he came on and did a bit about how easily you can screw up your kid without even trying. This subject caught my attention because HELLOOOO I'm one-thousand percent positive that our "Kids' Future Therapy Fund" jar is not anywhere close to full enough (plus it's mostly pennies, which in 10 years are going to be about as useful as a screen door on a submarine). We tend to subscribe to the more non-traditional style of parenting called "We have no idea what the hell we are doing and we don't really feel like reading any of those parenting books because they're hella boring so we're gonna wing it and just hope they put us in one of the 'good' nursing homes".
But regardless of how nonchalant I pretend to be about this little gig of raising responsible, contributing members of society, I do worry that I might accidentally say something that I perhaps should have thought twice about, but instead I've gone and opened my big mouth so now they are scarred for life (or at least a week) and that's a real bummer. And from listening to Louis, he confirmed that it is, in fact, an easy thing to do.
He replayed a conversation he once had with his 7-year-old daughter.
Daughter: Does the earth revolve around the sun?
Daughter: Will it revolve around the sun forever?
Dad: Well, no.
Daugher: Why not?
Dad: Because the sun is a star and stars die. So one day the sun will die and everything on earth will die.
Daughter: ....(Horrified, crying.)
Dad: Oh, don't worry! It won't happen for a long time...you know, after you and everyone you know is already dead.
Daugter:...(Further horrified and louder crying. Obviously.)
He failed to consider that she didn't know any of those things before that 12 second conversation. She didn't yet know that the sun would die, as would everyone on earth, including everyone she knew. Nice one, Louis.
This right here is a perfect example of why I generally stick to "I don't know," as the answer to all my kids' questions. It's not laziness or lack of knowledge, people. It's smart. And cheaper than therapy. Feel free to hop on board.
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