Cogitations with the kids: Why This Big Girl Does Cry.

for chainMe: Please don’t throw that food on the floor.
The five year old: Why Mummy?
Me: Because if you do I shall cry.
The three year old: Grown ups don’t cry Mummy!
Dad: Yes they do, just not as often as children.
The five year old: Why?
Dad: Sometimes grown ups think they can’t cry. But they can.
The five year old: Why?
Dad: Because they think they don’t look strong if they cry.
The seven year old: Well that’s silly because children are strong and they cry all the time.
Me: Well, children cry more because sometimes they use crying to communicate.
The five year old: Why?
Me: Because they might not have the words yet to explain how they feel.

At this point, I accidentally drop a bit of pizza in my husband’s drink, as I am trying to pass the pizza to the 3 year old

Me: See, if I’d have dropped that in the 3 year old’s drink, he might have cried, rather than us having a chat and me saying sorry.
Dad: Yes, me and your MumΒ can have a conversation about it and speak about it and then it is OK.
The seven year old: Oh I get it.

pause

Like a grown up might say, “Fucking Hell”.

Shocked pause.

the five year old: Why might they say that, Mummy?

Stunned silence

the three year old: Fucking hell.

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