5-year-old Gracie, bless her little heart, drives me insane. Not always, of course. But lately, conversations with her, especially ones in which she asks me a question and I give her an answer, are so exasperating, I'm not quite sure what to do with her.
A few minutes ago, we had a conversation like this:
Gracie: Mom, can I have a spoon to go with my ice cream?
(for the record, it was ice ream in a squeeze container and did not require a spoon)
Gracie: Really? I can have a spoon?
Me: I said 'yes.'
Gracie: I can get one? A spoon?
Me: Gracie, I said YES. You asked if you can have a spoon and I answered. I said YES.
Gracie: So, should I get a spoon for my ice cream?
Me: ARRRRRGH! GET A FREAKIN' SPOON BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND!
(I'm making that last one up. Although I did think those words in my head)
Every day, we have multiple conversations like this one. She asks a question, I answer, she keeps asking the question, I go completely insane, she asks again, my eyes pop out of my head, she asks again, and lather, rinse, repeat.
The sucky thing is this: she isn't doing it deliberately. I can tell. Sometimes she drives me insane on purpose, but in this case, nope.
So. Moms out there, here is your chance to dispense as much advice as you like. Do you have conversations like this? If so, how in the world to you keep your sanity whilst getting the point across to your kiddo that YOU ALREADY ANSWERED THE QUESTION and therefore it does not need to be asked a million more times?
Go on. Tell me.
Pretty, pretty please?