You would think by the time your child reaches the age of 9, they would know obvious details. Such as when their birthday is, how old they are, where they live, who their family members are, etc…
Well luckily for me, my son does!
However, delve a little further and once again I become BAFFLED MUM! …
My husband and I are discussing our dog, Kofi, as it is coming up to his birthday. He is going to be 2, so we are comparing him to humans of the same age – the dreaded teenage years! Not listening, trying to push boundaries, becoming boisterous, and constant hunger! My youngest son is listening and decides to contribute to the conversation.
Son: How old is Kofi?
Me: He’s nearly two.
Son: That’s not a teenager!
Me: Every dog year is about 7 human years. So if Kofi is 2, then you times that by 7. Which is?
Son: Ummmm…… 14… Ok, that’s makes sense now.
I’m glad it makes sense and also that he knows his times tables! But then he reverts to his normal form of questioning…
Son: Why do dogs have birthdays?
Me: Same reason as you… Why do you have a birthday?
Son: So I can get presents and cake… and have a party!
Me: But what makes that day your birthday?
Son: Because that’s what you and daddy said it is.
Me: There’s a clue in the word, listen – ‘BIRTH’ day.
Son: Birth? I don’t get it…?
Me: It’s the day of your birth, the day you were born. That’s why it’s called ‘Birthday’.
Son: Oooohhh! … What? So I was born on 15 January?
Me: Obviously! That’s why it’s your birthday… Did you really not know that or are you messing me around?
Sometimes I really do wonder!
Son: I didn’t know, I’ve never thought about it… So why did you pick that day to be my birthday?
Me: Urrrmmm…. We didn’t pick it… That was just the day you were born…
Son: But why?
Me: … Urrrmm … well …. ….. You’ll learn all about it in school when your older!
How are you supposed to explain that to a 9 year old???