On Childrearing

We babysat the two-and-a-half-year-old son of my wife’s friend this weekend. He’s a fun kid, but it made me realize that perhaps I’m still a little immature to have children. If a child of mine came running up to me and asked me if he or she could build a trebuchet in order to fling chickens over the neighbor’s house, there is a very good chance that my reaction would be, “Cool! Let me help!” when I think that the proper response should be, “No.” I could be wrong, though.

3 thoughts on “On Childrearing

  1. Steph May 19, 2008 / 10:26 am

    My dad would have said, ‘Ask your mother.’
    My mom would have said, ‘No.”
    My grandmother would have cheered me on.

  2. Matthew May 19, 2008 / 11:21 am

    Probably, the deciding factor would be whether the kid meant live chickens or frozen ones from the supermarket. Frozen ones might actually cause damage and wouldn’t be nearly as funny.

  3. lisamm September 9, 2008 / 1:38 pm

    What’s a trebuchet? I’m off to consult my dictionary. But I’m thinking if my kid could pronounce that word, and if she actually knew what it was, that alone would make me proud and I’d let her build it.

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