The Star, in a display of unaccustomed lack of confidence, has taken to asking if you like him. Or love him. He seems completely oblivious to any difference.
You tend to reply, ‘Yes!’
To which he asks, ‘Why?’
And you give the reasons. ‘Because you are cute and funny and clever and kind and helpful and handsome.’
All of which is true. Notice you don’t say ‘hard-working’ or ‘a good listener’ or ‘skilled with your hands’ although it occurs to you that you could add tidy. A bit of positive reinforcement never hurts.
Anyway, you got a bit bored with this list recently, so the next time he asked, you gave a different answer.
‘Because you are full of awesome!’
‘I’m not!’ said the Star, disgusted. ‘I don’t eat leaves!’
You were nonplussed. ‘Um, what?’
‘I don’t eat leaves!’ the Star repeated. ‘I’m not full of autumn!’
Definitely not a good listener. Especially since you have now repeated this little exchange five million times since then.
Never gets old.
Incidentally, I am participating in a popularity contest again to be a top 25 European Mom on an American mommy website. Voters can exercise their franchise every day. Please feel free to vote early and vote often.
And finally, I give you a toddler’s Guide to… the British Museum.