A Little Too Early for This…

Scene: Playground outside a local elementary school after I pick up my daughter from a pre-kindergarten program, mid-morning, sun shining, early August.

Boy on playground equipment, age 6: Hey Mister…
Me: Yeah?
Boy: He pauses, not sure how to continue, and then eventually says…
   … Maybe, I think, your litle girl is cute….
Me: (as I keep walking) She sure is…
Me: <Internal dialog> It’s a good thing that kid is on that climber or I’d kick his butt.

You just can’t please them

Me: What do you want for breakfast son?
Son: Scrambled eggs and sausage.
Me: OK.

Ten minutes later as I put a plate of food in front of him…

Me: Here you go, enjoy!
Son: OHHH DAAAD! I told you SCRAMBLED eggs!
Me: Those are scrambled eggs, just like you wanted.
Son: But not this scrambled! These are way too scrambled!

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Dad! You’re not letting me talk!
– my son starting at age 4 thorugh present day

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

SENG seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons. We support programs that foster in gifted individuals the mental health and social competence necessary for them to be free to choose ways to develop and express their abilities and talents fully.

With support, gifted individuals can develop abilities that enhance their own lives and the lives of others. Without understanding and support, they may be inhibited in the development of their gifts and talents, which can result in significant negative personal and societal consequences. The mission of SENG is to empower caring families and communities to influence more positively and effectively the development of giftedness in those individuals entrusted to their care.

Just what DO they sell then?

Conversation in the truck this morning:

ME: Hey sweetie (my daughter, age 4 now) I need to stop to get something to eat since I missed breakfast this morning.

KID: Where are we going to stop Daddy?

ME: Turkey Hill..

KID: Do they sell anything other than turkey?

Surprise Surprise Surprise

SCENE: during a truck-ride discussion of dinner plans on a Friday night.

Well Dad I want to eat at Subway and you’ll just have to deal with it.

– Carter, age 5

ASIDE: Just where do kids pick this stuff up anyway? This wasn’t quite as funny and surprising as the first time my son asked me “Want a piece of me?” but it is damn close. Remember, whatever you say to a kid, they will use it against you eventually.