Psychotic

“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. 

“Thanks mom!”

“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.

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10 responses to “Psychotic

  1. Miss reading your post hope everything is okay

  2. OMG, so cute, i had to laugh!
    Great Tip!!!!

  3. That is a great tip and I even tried it when Tooters was younger but being just us it does not work that good. Because one of us ends up needing something and breaks the time out.

    I love having conversations like that with Tooters the way both of rationalize things or comprend is really funny and gives lots of material for my blog

  4. Too funny and so true. Been there, when I needed some time my girls would tell each other “mom is giving herself a time out until she can use her inside voice”

    • Smart lady–really you have to do something. I tried to leave a note on your site 53 but don’t have a google account. When I get one I’ll pop you a line but I am reading! Nice stuff!

  5. Love your tips!

    (And I envy how much easier it seems to communicate with boys…)

  6. Great idea to start the tradition of letting each other know when you need space at a young age.

    Love that your son understands PMS. G is almost two and I can see him getting it too. I only had sisters growing up so this whole, raising a boy thing is all new to me.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • It’s amazing isn’t it? I’m a pretty up front person and so I talk outright about most things. I’ll have to post about my sex discussion with the 11 year old. Too funny. He may become a nun!

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