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Yakety Yak.. Shut the Heck Up!

April 22, 2008

I swear that’s how people look at me and the kiddos when we are shopping. I know my girls are loud. But isn’t talking a lot a sign of great intelligence and creativity?

We were at Vons shopping today. The Big One was “driving” the car cart and the Little One was in the small basket part by me. Yes these carts are 8 feet long so the Big One and I probably are a bit loud when trying to communicate, but for goodness sake she is two and curious. And she’s supposed to be loud, it’s in the manual.

It seriously felt like everyone was looking at us with pity as we walked through the store. They all had that, “you poor woman, you don’t get any peace” look on their faces. Yes, it’s true it’s rarely quiet at my house, but it’s really not all that bad.

Yes I whine about it, but deep, deep down I know that talking and reading to my kids will help them with their communications skills, critical thinking and generally help make them brilliant women who will one day change the world for the better.

Over the last few days, I’ve been observing several moms and kids. They mainly walk through the aisles mundanely putting things in their carts while rarely sharing a word. Sometimes the kids ask questions, whine about something or ask for something and the moms I’ve seen put the kibosh on the conversation before it even gets goings.

I just don’t get it.

We have running dialogues as we walk through the aisles. We talk about everything from what is on the shelves, to what we are looking for, to what’s for dinner and why the sky is blue. {If you’ve got a great answer to that one, please post a comment and share your secret with me.}

I am sure that there are people who are shopping around us who don’t care about what we are having for dinner, what Barney movie we are leaving at grandma’s house or what color underwear we are wearing {it comes with the potty training territory; underwear color is a very important topic of conversation}, but I don’t care. All this talking is sure to help them grow up to be smart, confident and awesome.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 24, 2008 7:21 am

    Great attitude! This is what happens when I attempt to take my kids to the store:

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