Fergus Facts: I’m Good

I learned, upon picking up Fergus from school on Thursday, that he had not had a Very Good Listening Day. This is his very gentle and lovely teacher’s favorite euphemism. When pressed, she admitted that that included grabbing things from other children, unexplained crying jags, and general willful disobedience.

Yelling at Fergus is copout parenting, the books would say, and besides, it affects him not a whit. So I tried the serious, quiet conversation route, which seemed to work very well. As I was summing things up:

MOMMY: So Fergus. Are you going to be a better listener from now on?

FERGUS: (sighing heavily) YEEESSSSSS…

MOMMY: That’s great news.

Pause.

FERGUS: Mommy?

MOMMY: Yes?

FERGUS: When I said YEEESSSSSS wike dat?

MOMMY: Yes?

FERGUS: It meant I’ll twy. But I pwobby won’t wenember.

MOMMY: I see. Should I keep reminding you?

FERGUS: (waving his hand) Naw, I’m good.

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bitteroldshrew June 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Wow. That's an amazingly self-aware statement for a little tyke like him. Too cute.

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Roxane B. Salonen June 9, 2009 at 4:51 am

At least he's honest! I love how you relay your kids' conversations. I so want to meet them and hear those sweet voices for myself. Thanks for sharing these moments of motherhood with us.

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Kelly June 9, 2009 at 11:57 am

That is so funny! Your boys remind me so much of my two when they were younger. With the girls I'm having to learn how to parent in a totally different way. They will definately give me more grey hair!

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Hillary @ The Other Mama June 10, 2009 at 4:11 am

Awesome. At least he knows the truth. I think I'm going to try to same phwasing with my boss tomorrow. I think the cuteness of the pronunciation gets you anywhere-

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