It’s a well-known scientific fact that a child’s brain isn’t fully formed until they reach their early twenties, which goes some way to explaining some of the dumb things they do.
We’re allowed to say that, right? Kids do dumb things. Lucky for them, we’re there to pick up the pieces. I speak from recent, vivid experience, the kind from which you may never recover.
My son Philip, 12, broke his arm playing on wet monkey bars, which seems self-explanatory, however in the AMBULANCE on the WAY TO THE HOSPITAL because the break was SO SEVERE the paramedic was chatting to him to keep him calm and the real story emerged.
My friend and I were using the monkey bars. At first we went from the first rung. Then we decided to jump straight to the second rung and go from there. Then we thought we’d jump straight to the third rung and he did it really easily but when I did it I fell. I heard three cracks.
I’m sitting in the front of the ambulance at this stage sending frantic texts to my husband but after hearing this I needed a moment.
‘Flabbergasted’ doesn’t adequately describe how I felt.
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Really? I mean, really? And this is a smart kid, one who is mature beyond his years, sensitive and sweet who rarely gives me cause for concern.
Did his brain just simply check out that day?
Child behaviour expert Christopher Thurber, PhD, ABPP, says instead of thinking of it as your kids doing dumb things, think of it as “accidental learning”. In an article for ACA Camps he wrote; “Kids do dumb stuff. It’s built into their brains. It’s simple biology. And no amount of safety measures can stop something that is evolutionarily advantageous. However, safety measures can retard learning when taken to an extreme.”
That means my pledge that “Monkey bars are dead to us” is probably a step to far.
The hunger games
I was driving 14-year-old to school. I had mentioned earlier that I bought some ham if she wanted to put in her sandwich. On the way to school she says “Oh, I made a ham sandwich but I’m not sure what it is.” What do you mean”. “I got the ham out of the fridge and then I saw there was ham on the bench top.” “That was uncooked bacon in the fridge. ” Well, it smelt like ham”. “So you have an uncooked bacon and spinach sandwich?” Well it smelt like ham”. I gave her $5 for a sandwich. I’m hoping she was playing me all along. – Annie, 42.
My son loves tomato sauce and ice-cream so in his mind seeing as he loves both so much they must taste even better together. Tomato sauce and vanilla ice-cream didn’t quite work for him however he insists chocolate ice-cream with chocolate chips, and tomato sauce, is a winning combination. I couldn’t be more repulsed. – Sam, 36.