“Hey mom?” the seven year bellowed at me from the TV room,
“What does psychotic mean.”
Hmm, I thought. What is that kid watching?
“Well it means someone who’s kind of lost their mind and gone a little crazy. Like they’re not grounded in reality anymore.” I hollered back.
“HUH? he replied quizzically.
“It means someone that maybe doesn’t think right anymore. Someone who can’t control themselves or say things that make sense anymore. Do you get it now?” I said.
“No,” he said, about ready to give up.
“DANNY,” I tensed up, “you know how mommy gets once a month when I tell you I have PMS.”
“Yes” he said.
“THAT’S how someone is when they’re psychotic.” I said.
“OHHHHHHHHHHH” he sang.
“Not a problem,” I replied.
Yet another moment of complete understanding between a mother and son.
Parenting Tip of the Month: I always tell the boys when I’m having a bad day and need to spend some time by myself. I want them to know it’s okay to not want to be around people once in a while as long as you’re up front that you’re not going to be very good company. Now, as they’re older, when they’re not having a good day, they are up front with me and go to their rooms or stay by themselves until they’re ready for company. With so many people living in one house, knowing when someone isn’t able to be social is a must.