why you can never win a conversation with a four-year-old

I was getting my four-year old ready for her bath the other night. While I pulled off her leggings, she picked up a toilet paper tube and decided (naturellement) to interview me through it.

MAGGIE: MOMMY! What is your FAVORITE MOVIE?

ME: Ummm…. Rushmore.

Maggie puts the toilet paper roll aside.

MAGGIE: What?

ME: Rushmore.

MAGGIE: No, you can’t say that. Say a kid movie like Peter Pan.

ME: Okay.

Maggie picks up the toilet paper roll again.

MAGGIE: MOMMY! What is your FAVORITE MOVIE?

MOMMY: Peter Pan!

Maggie puts the toilet paper roll aside.

MAGGIE: No, you can’t say that.

MOMMY: Why?

MAGGIE: You can’t just say the SAME THING.

MOMMY: Okay.

Maggie picks up the toilet paper roll again.

MAGGIE: MOMMY! What is your FAVORITE MOVIE?

MOMMY: Tangled!

Maggie puts the toilet paper roll aside.

MAGGIE: Wait, I want to say that.

…As it turns out, my favorite movie is Dora Saves the Snow Princess. I’m so glad I know that now.

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Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom January 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Cute! I just had a conversation with my 5-y-old discussing the merits of Caillou. Turns out we both like the show Caillou, but not the whiny boy Caillou. Go figure.

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DianePW January 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

This is just perfect. Absolutely perfect. So funny!

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Laura January 31, 2012 at 2:55 am

Arguing with a four-year-old is a good way to get religion, even if you’ve never had it before. Eventually you find yourself saying something along the lines of “God just made it that way. That’s why.” Of late, I’ve learned from my 4-year-old that it takes 5 planes to get to heaven, and 6 planes to get to where the dinosaurs are.

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Elizabeth-FlourishinProgress February 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Wait, you can’t say Dora Saves the Snow Princess either. *I* want to say that. 

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Anonymous February 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

No you like Dora’s quinceneara surprise.

From my iPhone. Please excuse any autocorrects.

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K A B L O O E Y February 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

Don’t tell Maggie, but Rushmore kicks Dora Saves the Snow Princess’s butt.  

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