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Conversations with Little People: Prayers

Conversations with Little People: Prayers

Bedtime prayers are something we do every night around here, and it was certainly pretty special when the boys both started saying them on their own. We encourage them to not just say something by rote, but to actually think about what they are thankful for, or what they want to talk to Jesus about.

Of course, sometimes this backfires…

Coltrane: “Dear Jesus, t’ank you for dwagons, and tha’ we can have a dwagon in our house, and dwagons, dwagons, dwagons rrrrrrrrrooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaarrrrrr! Jesus’ name, aye… dwagon! I mean amen. Dwagon.”
Tucker: “Dear Jesus, please please pleeeeease don’t let Coltrane have any dragons. Amen.”
Coltrane: “HEY!”
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Conversations with Little People: Ring Finger

Conversations with Little People: Ring Finger

The worst part is I’m not sure if it was totally innocent choice of finger, or if he actually meant to give me the finger.

Not that he knows what it means, but I think he may have picked up that it means something that makes Mama and Dada look at one another wide-eyed and then talk in code…

Tucker: Dada! Dada! I’m Green Lantern!
Me: But where is your power ring? You can’t be a Green Lantern without a power ring!
Tucker [giving “the finger”, pixelated]: Here’s my power ring.
Me: Touché.
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Conversations with Little People: Manners

Conversations with Little People: Manners

Tucker: “Here you go, Coltrane, you can have half of my cookie!”
Dada: “Wow, that was really nice of you to share like that. I’m so proud of you, Tucker.

Dada: “Now, Coltrane, what do you say when someone shares with you?”
Coltrane: “T’ank ‘ou.”
Tucker: “My pleasure.”

Coltrane: “No, my pleasure.”
Tucker: “MY pleasure!”
Coltrane: “NO! MY PLEASURE!”
Tucker: “MINE!”
Coltrane: “NOOO! MINE!”
Tucker: “NOOO! IT’S MINE!”
Coltrane: “NO! MY! PLEA! SURE!
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Conversations with Little People: Commercials

Conversations with Little People: Commercials

Poor kid. Now I want to take him to Chuck E. Cheese just to make up for the Geico Gecko not being real…

“Look, Dada! I heard that restaurant is really fun! There is pizza… and games to play…”
“Yeah? Where did you hear that?”
“It was in a commercial!”
“Oh. Listen, Tucker, here’s the thing about commercials… they–”
“I already know commercials aren’t real, Dada. Geckos don’t talk and drive cars either.”
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Conversations with Little People: Savoring

Conversations with Little People: Savoring

It’s amazing how selectively a preschooler will remember something you’ve tried to teach him when it comes to enforcing rules on his younger sibling. ūüôā

“Dada! Dada! Come quick! Coltrane is making a BAD CHOICE!”
“Oh, man, what’s he doing NOW?”
“He’s not SAVORING his cookie!”
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Conversations with Little People: Potty Mouth

Conversations with Little People: Potty Mouth

Happy that Coltrane is talking enough now that he’s starting to contribute to these things. Even if I do have to wash his mouth out with soap now.

“Assholes! Assholes!”
“Oh no. No no no no. Where did he learn that!? He’s only two!”
“Assholes! Assholes!”
“Anna is going to KILL ME.”
“Assholes! Assholes!”
“What do I do? WHAT DO I–”
“We all fall down!” *THUMP!*
“Oh. Well, carry on then.”
“Hehehe. Okay Dada.”
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Conversations with Little People: Toddler Tech Support

Conversations with Little People: Toddler Tech Support

How do you know you’re a modern day parent? When your 4-year-old already knows these things.

“Dada, I think the internet is down.”
“How do you know that?”
“I can’t get Netflix to work.”
“Well… okay. I’ll go up to the office and take a look to see what’s wrong.”
“Just unplug it, wait a minute, and then plug it in again!”
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Conversations with Little People: The Dream

Conversations with Little People: The Dream

My son, the dreamer.

“Dada, I had a really great dream last night.”
“Oh? What was it about?”
“I was on a playdate with Jesus. We went to my cousins’ house, and watched their turtle. Then it was time for lunch, and we had cheesy quesadillas! Only, there was only one quesadilla for everyone, so Jesus used his powers to make one hundred quesadillas!”
“Wow, Tuck, that’s a really great dream.”
“I know, that’s what I told you already.”
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Conversations with Little People: Tea Party

Conversations with Little People: Tea Party

Me: How’s your tea, Tucker? I put lots of honey in it, just like you asked.
Tucker: MMMMMMM! It’s SO GOOD, Dada! It tastes like BEE VOMIT!

This is what I get for teaching my son where his food comes from.

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Conversations with Little People: Ethiopian



“That was really tasty Ethiopian food, wasn’t it, Tucker?”


“Yes, Dada, it was so good, it was like… HOSPITAL FOOD!”


“Um… how so?”


“It made me feel ALIVE!”
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Conversations with Little People: Dreamer


“Dada, dada, wake up!”

“Whazzit–!?”

“Dada, I had a bad dream.”

“Oh. C’mere, climb in bed with me.”


“Okay.”

“Do you want to tell me about your dream? What was it about?”

“I dreamed that we wanted to go to the park… but it was raining outside, so we couldn’t go.”

“That… that was your bad dream? Are you sure that was a dream?”


“Yes. It was very scary. Can you make me feel better?”

“Okay. What can I do?”

“Well I think I would feel a LOT better if I play on your Kindle…”
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Conversations with Little People: Ceiling

Dada, can we talk about our day?

Okay. Well, this morning, we went to the store looking for something. Do you remember what it was?

No no no, that’s not what we did.

We didn’t?

No, we went on a rocket ship to the moon!

We did?!

Yes, and we met a robot. And he had four faces. One of them was happy and one was sad and one was angry and one was scared.

Wow!

And then we had pizza for lunch, but the robot said “I don’t like pizza!” so we gave him a bird, but he said “I don’t like birds–“

Wait, birds? To eat?

Yes. And then we gave him, uh… ceiling. And he liked ceiling.

Ceiling.

Yes.

To eat.

Yes!

Okay. THEN what happened?

Well, then we came home from space back to earth. And had nap-time.

That sounds nice.

But when I woke up from nap-time THERE WAS A SURPRISE PARTY!

WOW! Who was the surprise party for?

Um… the ceiling.

Again with the ceiling?

Yeah.

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Conversations with Little People: Poopy

Cole, how’s your peanut butter and banana toast?

POOPY!

. . .

HAHAHA! What is THAT all about!?

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Conversations with Little People: Fish Sticks

Super Tucker

What did you buy, Dada?

I can’t tell you.

Is it a surprise for me?

Yes.

Is it for me for my birthday!?

Yes.

What is it?

I can’t tell you, Tucker, or it wouldn’t be a surprise any more.

Is it a new car?

A new car?! I told you, I can’t tell you what it is. But do you really think I’d buy you your own car for your birthday?

No… but now I think I know what it is.

You do, huh?

Yes. It’s fish sticks.

FISH STICKS?

Yes. IS it fish sticks?

No. No, it is not fish sticks.

But I’m getting closer, right?

Well… yes… I suppose fish sticks is closer than a new car.

Okay. Hmm… not fish sticks… is it… a TREE?

A… a tree? No, I did not get you a tree.

Is it… a sign?

A sign? What? Are… are you just naming things you see outside the window right now?

…Yes.

Well, it’s nothing you can see out the window.

I still think maybe it’s fish sticks.

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Conversations with Little People: Super Tucker

Super Tucker

Dada, I need my Super Tucker cape, so I can be Super Tucker. And I need your phone.

My . . . phone? Why?

I need to change into Super Tucker in the phone! Like Superman!

Oh. Haha! Here, you hold my phone above your head . . . yeah, like that . . . and I’ll tie on your cape . . . There you go.

Thank you. Now I need something really heavy to pick up and throw. To show I’m Super Strong.

Um . . . Well. Hmm. I don’t want you breaking anything, or hurting Coltrane.

Super Tucker is Super Careful, Dada.

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