The other day, my son brought his school home work for guidance. His previous home work on that subject had to do with ÔÇÿcircling of odd numbersÔÇÖ, so immediately I saw the new home work and I sighted ÔÇÿeven numbersÔÇÖ, then I told him ÔÇ£circle the even numbersÔÇÖ but he said
ÔÇ£Mummy, no, itÔÇÖs not circle, itsÔÇª (he then was demonstrating what I didnÔÇÖt understand, perhaps I wasnÔÇÖt paying attention to understand) because I was certain the home work is about ÔÇÿcircling of even numbersÔÇÖ, I even went on to say in my mind that, whatÔÇÖs wrong with this 3 + years old boy, is it him that wants to teach me his home work or whatÔÇÖ, I then said again, come on, go and circle it, and he emphatically said no, my aunty said itÔÇÖs… (he then demonstrated it again), then I paused and read the home work instruction again and true to my sonÔÇÖs assertion, the home work says ÔÇÿunderline the even numbersÔÇÖ, so I apologetically said, Ohhh, IÔÇÖm sorry, you are to underline the even numbers and not circle, so he immediately screamed (after remembering the word of what he was demonstrating), yes, my aunty said I should underline it, mummy why did you say circle?
Again I said, IÔÇÖm sorry, itÔÇÖs not circle, its underline, but you know kids, when they mean to rub something in, they hardly give up on time, so my son went on rubbing it in and says, mummy but you said circle and my aunty said underline, why did you say circle, I will tell my aunty you said circle; it took us seconds with him arguing and me apologizing before he eventually ÔÇÿforgaveÔÇÖ my mistake.
Moral of the story is, be extra sure of what you say to a young child, I realize that they somewhat feel disappointed when an adult (especially their parent) makes a glaring mistake, they hardly easily forget and forgive such errors, they sometimes even go on and go on rubbing it in and even go as far as reporting you to others. Secondly, do not underestimate a child, sometimes they are very sure of what they say, so always listen attentively when they insist on certain things.