monday morning was yet another day of debates…about clothes. it always trips me out that such a young kid has so many opinions about what to wear to school. we finally got the outfit down, but then it was time to grab a jacket. dutch goes into his closet and grabs a long-sleeved, hooded t-shirt with a pocket in the front. here’s how our conversation unfolded:
mama: dutch, that is not a jacket. it’s a shirt.
dutch: it’s not a shirt, it’s a jacket.
mama: dutch, it’s not a jacket, it’s a t-shirt. see, come feel the weight of this verses your real jacket.
dutch: [touches the shirt again and still isn’t convinced.] mom, it’s a jacket.
and the conversation seriously went on and on like this, even after he grabbed a real jacket and we headed out to the car. we literally went back and forth like this 10,000 times. it’s a jacket! it’s a shirt!!
my mama thinks i’m crazy for debating such trivial things with a 7-year-old, but it just drives me nuts that this kid thinks he knows more than me. so i told him…
mama: you know, it drives me nuts that you think you know more than me. i mean, really, you think you know everything! drives. me. nuts.
[mama turns the radio up ’cause she wants to think of something else besides long-sleeved, t-shirts and jackets, and know-it-all little 7-year-old boys.]
[dutch pauses in thought.]
dutch: i know what metacognition means and you don’t.
[mama, turns down the radio ’cause she didn’t quite hear the entire word dutch said, but she assumes she knows and says…]
mama: the word is recognition.
dutch: no, it’s metacognition.
[mama thinks, meta-what?!?!]
mama: well, what does metacognition mean, dutch? [you know, since you’re so freakin’ smart, little kid!!]
dutch: it means, thinking about thinking.
mama: well, i’m thinking about thinking about bopping you upside yo’ head, how about that? [’cause dangit, mama couldn’t think of nothin’ else to say!]
i should’ve told him that since he’s so smart to use metacognition in a sentence, or better yet, spell it. and i probably would’ve said both those things if i wasn’t thinking so hard about googling this “metacognition” word.
and i did.
and he was right.