Sometimes you know they have you on the ropes…
So the Miss likes to do “online math practice” which is really super simple pre-school stuff, when she sees Rockstar on his laptop… I walk by this one time and she’s “counting” one dot on the screen, and so…
Me: Erm, you don’t think you want to do something a little more challenging?
Miss: <conversationally> Why?
Me: W-ell, you’ve done the same really easy ones a gadzillion times. Not to mention you could do that one in your sleep.
Miss: I like it.
Me: (walking into kitchen) Fine, I was just asking…
Me: Thought you might be bored and want to try something new. Something more challenging…
Miss: Why, Mum-may?
Me: Well, sometimes if you push yourself a bit, like when you’re climbing uphill, when you manage to achieve it it feels really good. You’d look back down and say “Wow, I did all that,” it feels –
Rockstar: <barks> Ay. You want to be stupid or smart ah? Ha? Ha?
Me: Wh –
Miss: <appears to be seriously considering>
Rockstar: You. Do this kind of exercises all the time then how to be smart ah? Ha?
Me: <splutters> Firstly –
Rockstar: No, Mum, wait, I got this. <To Miss> So? Smart or stoo-pid?
Me: First of all, WHERE is that accent coming from?
Miss: Ko-ko, you are stupid.
Rockstar: <barks> MUM!!
Me: Um… um… Miss, you’re not supposed to call people “stupid”.
Miss: Then what do I call them when they’re being stupid?