It’s obnoxious when people brag about their children.
So, I try not to do it often.
I don’t like the eyerolls.
And, I also try not to do it because my kids are so different and one of them struggles with the things that he “should” be able to do at his age.
So, sometimes, we downplay his brother’s abilities.
Not to him- we let him know how proud we are of him.
We just don’t shout it to the rooftops. I know how much it hurts me to hear what other kids can do when my own is struggling. My heart, it literally hurts.
But, seriously, do you know what Monkey, my 4 year-old, is doing right now?
He’s sitting beside me, putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle.
A HARD 1,000 piece puzzle: it’s of a bunch of postcards that are lying haphazardedly ontop of each other. It would frustrated the crap out of me.
And he’s making amazing progress with it.
He’s a smart little thing.
Though, if someone asks him a question that he feels is beneath him, if he senses that he is being treated like he is, in fact, 4, he will purposely give you the wrong answer or tell you that he doesn’t know and then smirk.
WHAT am I going to do with this child when he is in school next year?