Time in the eyes of little kids is cute. We don’t do them any favors by saying “I’ll help you in a second.” Or “Let me just finish washing these dishes. I’ll be there in a minute.” Washing dishes does not take a minute or a second. More like 10 minutes.
So it is no surprise that Cooper is now asking to do things for “just one second” thinking he will get a lot longer than a true second.
“Mommy, can I play football outside just one second?”
“Mommy, we play hockey downstairs just one second?”
“I want to eat breakfast in just one second.” (Ok, maybe that one is accurate since he is hungry the second he wakes up!)
If I truly listened to him and gave him one second of what he was asking for, we wouldn’t even have time to throw one football or do one hockey face-off.
Lesson learned: I need to use realistic time frames when explaining things to my children.
Hopefully I haven’t scarred them for life.