This weekend, I realized that my two little kids are growing up so fast; they have overtaken me in the intelligence and shrewdness departments.
Case No. 1
My sister Anne told me that everytime Jeremy, my 3-year old hyperactive son would see her, he would always shout at her and hit her leg. This went on thrice so Anne talked to me and told me to talk to Jem. Wherefore, I called Jeremy and had a heart-to-heart talk with him inside Anne’s room.
Me: Jem, Don’t hit Kuya Anne, ok? Don’t shout at Kuya Anne (my kids call my sister Kuya Anne. She prefers it that way) Hitting and shouting are bad. Are you a bad boy?
Jeremy: No. Good jemjem.
Me: Ok, if you are good, then you won’t fight Anne anymore. Ok? Don’t fight Anne. What did I say?
Jeremy: Don’t fight Anne.
Me: Ok, go find Kuya Anne and tell her what I told you.
Jeremy scurries off and calls Anne.
Jeremy: Kuya Anne! Kuya Anne! Don’t fight Jemjem ha!
(ok, I think I have to schedule another heart-to-heart talk.)
Case No. 2
Cassie, my 2-year old, got her cousin Ate Freya’s slippers (Ate Freya is 4 years old). Since Ate Freya was looking at us, I decided to talk to her for Freya’s benefit.
Me: Cassie, the slippers are not yours ha. Those belong to Ate Freya.
Cassie: No. Cassie yan! (claiming ownership of the slippers)
Me: No, you’re just borrowing them. They’re not yours. They belong to Ate Freya.
Cassie, looking at the pants I was wearing, which belong to Ate Kara, pointed at the pants: Ate Kala yan!
Moral Lesson: Remember the golden rule when talking to a toddler. Do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.
Case No. 3
Before sleeping, Cassie wanted to have her milk.
Cassie: Mama, pink dede.
Me: Tell your milk bottle to go to you. I’m not going to get it (I was hoping she will just sleep without having milk because she already has a big tummy…matakaw e)
Cassie (in a singsong voice): Dadddyyyyy! Pink dedeeeeee!
And that’s how you summon the milk bottle.
Case No. 4
Mama: Cassie, sinong maganda?
Cassie did not answer so I provoked her
Mama: Mama, maganda.
Cassie: (in an angry voice) Cassie ganda! Cassie sexy!
Well, straight from the mouths of babes, who could argue with them?