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What You Miss When You Tune Out Your Teenager

I have a child who talks.  I mean she ta-a-a-a-alks.  Loves to tell your her dreams, the tales of the school day, her thoughts on how she thinks life should be.  It's fun to hear her creative ideas and she comes up with good points however, well, there are times when I tune her out because the descriptions can go on for a lo-o-o-o-ong time.

This morning, after she finished the lengthy retelling of her cool dream while I was in the shower - out of the shower - washed my face - brushed my teeth - moisturized - got dressed   AFTER that story was told, she went to play on the computer.  A little quiet time, I thought.  I was in the kitchen making breakfast when she decides to tell me another story.  Uh huh, yep.  Oh, interesting.  I'm listening then I start to fade.  And, for a brief time, so does she.  Something shiny on the computer must have caught her eye.

She makes a comment about me not picking up a sweet treat from the Farmers Market that morning and I said "Well, if you had walked there with me you would have earned a brownie.  But no, you didn't come with me, so I picked up my breakfast tamale, I earned it."   She starts talking about something, but I'm still in the breakfast thought process.  I remind her of the yummy breakfast I made for her before I left.  I go on defending my choice of not getting her a brownie when I hear her say 'Mom, I've made myself breakfast, twice." 

I respond with 'Oh, wow.  In your 13 years of life you've made yourself breakfast twice. Wow.'  She's staring at me puzzled.  I take this to mean that she's understanding my sarcasm and she's trying to come up with a good response.  Instead she says "Mom, what are you talking about?  I didn't say anything about making myself breakfast twice.  I said 'Mom, I just made fart noises out of my mouth, twice.  How in the heck did you get "breakfast" from that?!"

I don't know if it was the words I thought she said, or the words that she actually said, that made me laugh so hard.  A combination of both, I think.

She's on to me. 

Lily could tell that I wasn't really listening and decided to do a little free flow speaking without editing.  What ever's on her mind comes out of her mouth. 

I should listen to her more often.  This girl makes me laugh.


Do you have a child that likes to talk?  Tell you stories?  Any chance you weren't listening 100% as well?  Share your story!

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