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What goes on inside their heads?

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:23am

Do you ever find yourself marveling at the workings of your child's mind? I have three kids, and I still get surprised by some of the things they come up with. It can range from the good “Wow, what a neat idea!” to the intermediate “Isn't that interesting?” to the puzzled “Where in the world did that come from?” to the less-than-pleased “What were you thinking?”

I think kids like to keep us adults on our toes. Just when we think we've got them figured out, they throw us a curve ball.

Like on St. Patrick's Day when my husband and I assumed we'd be lucky if the children even tasted the corned beef. We knew we would be the only ones to eat it. Little did we know. In fact, our two oldest kids loved it, eating two servings each and leaving much less corned beef for my husband.

Or the time when my youngest told everyone about the upcoming Wacky Hair Day at preschool, even asserting that everyone should get to have Wacky Hair Day... And then when I asked him how we should make his hair wacky, he said, “No, I don't want to do that. No wacky hair for me!” What?!

Or when my 7-year-old son and his friend were playing outside so nicely. Except I discovered they were making “dirt rain,” throwing clumps of dirt up over their heads to fall down on themselves. Who does that sort of thing? And why?

I don't know how their developing minds work to connect the dots of the world around them. But I do know that kids certainly make life more interesting. They help me to stay adaptable and to find the humor in everyday life, which is surely a blessing.

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