Quick story for you, Jack’s most repeated phrase yesterday was: “I just want what I want.” I don’t know why, but I found this adorable.
1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong?
Yes, if I have lost my temper unjustly or hurt them in some way by accident then I apologize and have them say they forgive me. I don’t apologize if they’ve misbehaved and don’t like that they got in trouble (Liam often asks me to apologize to him for hurting his feelings when he’s been reprimanded – to this I respond, I can understand that you are upset but I won’t say I’m sorry because you behaved badly and got in trouble.) But I think it’s good to model the behavior I’d like to see them display, I don’t feel like I’m up on a pedestal because I’m a parent and therefore can do no wrong, we’re all just human and we make mistakes.
2. Do you have a class ring, letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?
Nope – I kind of wanted a class ring but my parents convinced me that I didn’t need one and while I earned an academic letter (NERD alert!), I had no interest in a letterman’s jacket. No regrets on either of those.
3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?
I’m not there yet but I think I’m really going to enjoy my 50s when my kids are out of the house (though hopefully still close by) and we can figure out what it’s like to be just us again (Simon and I). The late 40s and 50s seems to be pretty enjoyable for my brothers and their wives so hopefully we’ll keep up the same pattern. Also, I think my answer qualifies me as being officially old. Ugh.
4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?
If we ever had a girl, we were going to name her Fiona which I still love. Baby Fiona. Alas… it’s probably a good thing we have no girls, you just know she’d be a spitfire and get into tons of trouble.
5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?
It would be a toss-up between liking to behave/do what I tell them AND liking any and all food put in front of them. Those are our two biggest struggles (I know I’m not alone with those) and things that cause me stress on a daily basis, I’d love to see one of them gone. Why can’t 5QF be a self-fulfilling prophesy? That would be marvelous!